Greensboro Grasshoppers fall in Extra Innings on Opening Night as we look to the Mike Causey for Insurance Commissioner Game Report

Here is our Mike Causey for and be sure to remember to Vote for Mike Cauesy on November 5…We need to Re-Elect Mike Causey as our state Insurance Commissioner….

Final Score from Friday night at First National Bank Field, home of the Greensboro Grasshoppers…
Greenville Drive 5, Greensboro Grasshoppers 3 10 Innings
WP:Caleb Bolding(1-0)
LP:Darvin Garcia(0-1)
SV:Jonathan Brand(1)

GREEN Drive-5-10-0
GSO Hoppers-3- 5-0

Greenville(1-0)
Greensboro(0-1)

Attendance-5,413
Time of Game-3:10

The Greensboro Grasshoppers took an early lead in this game, as the hometown team went up 3-0 in the bottom of the first inning, and the Hoppers held back the Greenville Drive until Greenville came up one run each over the fourth, fifth and seventh innings…The Hoppers led 3-0, 3-1, then here comes the Drive leading the thirsty to water…..Thirsty for runs that is….

Greenville was tough to sit down, once they got on offense…The Drive got their offense moving, just enough to keep the Greensboro Grasshoppers wondering what the Drive’s next move might be…

The Drive had to work inside and outside to find a man that will be memorable from this game, and I think we have found him…Alan Castro came to the plate five times for the Greenville Drive, and he walked five times for the Drive, and I don’t think I have ever seen that one before…A player walking five times in the contest…

As we noted, the Grasshoppers picked up three runs in their bottom half of the first inning, but the Hoppers should have had at least two more runs, while they were getting busy there in the first inning….The Hoppers starting pitcher, LHP Hunter Barco threw extremely well, as he got the start for Greensboro, and he went 3 innings, allowing no runs, on 0 hits, walking two batters and striking out six Greenville batters in the process…Jack Brannigan, Termarr Johnson, and Mitch Webb all scored in the bottom of the first frame, and tonight the Grasshoppers sent 8 men to the plate, there in the first/opening inning….Felt like the Hoppers had to score more runs there in the first inning, when they really had Greenville starting pitcher Luis Perales on the deck/on the ropes…In that first frame on offense the Hoppers were scoring early, 1-2-3, but Greensboro produced no more runs after those three came in, in the first inning….

Very quiet for both teams while they working their way through the 2nd-5th innings…Then in the 5th, that is when Greenville found some life, when their first baseman Tyler Miller hit a solo home run out of First National Bank Field, as the ball left the ballyard, as it was getting up and into that cool night air…We talked earlier about the five walks at Allan Castro drew for the game, but for the Grasshoppers, they had five hits in the contest, and three of those five hits came all the way back in the first inning, when the Hoppers got singles from Termarr Johnson, Mitch Webb, and Charles McAdoo…

The Hoppers pitching staff from Friday, struck out 16 Greenville Batters, with losing pitcher Darvin Garcia allowing two runs, on three hits, with 2 K’s, and that 10th inning really/rally proved to be fateful to the Hoppers following…

And in the end, the Final Tally was, Greenville Drive 5, Greensboro Grasshoppers 3 in Ten Innings…..

But don’t go away, we still have the Hoppers at home again on Saturday night/TONIGHT:
Greenville Drive(1-0) at Greensboro Grasshoppers(0-1) first pitch set for 6:30pm at First National Bank Field…..Fireworks Show coming up after the game, and the Dancing Dogs will provide special entertainment during the course of the game…
Pitching matchup for Saturday features highly regarded RHP Patrick Reilly(Vanderbilt) going for the Hoppers and LHP Connelly Early on the hill for the Greenville Drive..

You can LISTEN LIVE when you CLICK HERE for the Greensboro Grasshoppers broadcast, from GSOHoppers.com….

Plus we did find some good warm-up music for you, as we head toward the Saturday Night Game…Hit this tune, and you will be there soon….And maybe even sooner than you think, with the Bay City Rollers rolling you right up to the Front Gate…CLICK ON BELOW…And you are at “The Show”

Greensboro Grasshoppers’ Friday Game Report from Callie Cline at www.gsohoppers.com:
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Greensboro Grasshoppers take an extra-inning 5-3 loss on Opening Night to the Greenville Drive, as the Drive outhit the Hoppers 10-5.

Leading at the dish for the Hoppers was designated hitter, Charles McAdoo as he went 2-2 with one walk. Jack Brannigan, Termarr Johnson, and Mitch Jebb each also recorded a hit for Greensboro.

Infielder Ahbram Liendo led the Drive offense going 3-5 with one triple and one RBI. Ronald Rosario and Juan Chacon both followed close behind going 2-5 as Rosario tallied one run and one RBI. Cutter Coffey and Tyler Miller each recorded a hit for the Drive.

Starting on the mound for the Grasshoppers was left-handed pitcher Hunter Barco. Barco tallied six strikeouts and two free bases on 11 batters faced in three innings. Julian Bosnic and Jaycob Deese recorded a hold while Yunior Thibo recorded a blown save. Darvin Garcia took the loss for the Grasshoppers and moved to 0-1 on the season.

Starting on the mound for Greenville was righthanded pitcher Luis Perales as he gave up three hits, three earned runs, two free bases, and tallied three strikeouts on eight batters faced. Caleb Bolden recorded the win for the Drive and moved to 1-0 on the season while Jonathan Brand tallied his first save.

The Grasshoppers continue its Opening Weekend series against the Drive tomorrow, Saturday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m. for Spectacular Saturday Fireworks. To purchase tickets visit www.gsohoppers.com or call our front office at (336) 268-2255.

Friday night from the Greenville Drive site:
Ravelo’s homer in extras boosts Drive to 5-3 Opening Day win in Greensboro
Drive bullpen holds ‘Hoppers scoreless over nine innings after three-run first

By Stephen Olschanski
https://www.milb.com/greenville/news/gvl-at-gbo-april-5-2024

Luis Ravelo’s two-run, leadoff home run in the top of the 10th inning ultimately procured a 5-3 Greenville Drive (1-0) victory over the Greensboro Grasshoppers (0-1) on Friday night in Greensboro, giving the Drive an early notch in their South Atlantic League title defense. Ravelo’s blast to right field capped a come-from-behind effort for the Drive, which saw Greenville score five-unanswered runs after falling behind 3-0 in the first inning.

The Drive’s comeback was bolstered in large part by a stout bullpen, which kept the ‘Hoppers scoreless over the final nine frames. Lefty Nathan Landry spun three perfect relief innings while Conor Steingbaugh, and Caleb Bolden only allowed one hit apiece in their relief efforts. Jonathan Brand struckout the side in the bottom of the 10th, earning his first save of the season.

In all, Drive pitchers recorded 14 strikeouts which included three from starter Luis Perales in his lone inning of work. The ‘Hoppers got to Perales from the outset, starting with a leadoff walk and back-to-back singles to take the early 1-0 lead. A wild pitch from Perales during the ensuing at-bat put the Drive down 2-0 before Lonnie White Jr. ‘s walk forced the third run home. But Perales recovered, striking out three of the next four batters to hold the deficit at just three.

The Drive would chip away at the lead over the course of the next seven innings, though they’d have their chances throughout the night as they were just 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position. Nonetheless, the Drive cut the lead to two in the fourth thanks to newcomer Ahbram Liendo’s soft infield single scored Allan Castro from third. Castro would not officially record an at-bat in the game, walking in all five of his trips to the plate. Liendo finished the night 3-for-5 with a triple.

Tyler Miller, who finished in a tie for third in home runs for the Drive in 2023 with nine, cut the lead to one in the fifth, launching his first home run of the season into right-center field to make it 3-2. Ronald Rosario, returning for his second stint in Greenville, slapped together two hits on the night with his second good for a game tying RBI in the seventh.

The Drive’s defensive acumen shone in the ninth as with the two ‘Hoppers on base, Cutter Coffey feigned to catch a popped-up bunt, letting the ball drop before picking it up and firing to third base to a covering Ravelo who in-turn whipped the ball to Liendo at second for a double-play that stifled the ‘Hoppers hopes of ending the night with a walk-off hit.

Brand closed the door on the ‘Hoppers in the bottom of the 10th, needing just 14 pitches to secure the Drive’s first victory of 2024.

The Drive return to action tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. for game two of the Opening Week three-game series with the ‘Hoppers. The Drive lead the series, 1-0.