Greensboro Grasshoppers Saturday Baseball Report brought to us by Mike Causey for North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and The News is Good:Hoppers Homer with McAdoo, Planchart, and Nolasco going LONG GONE!!!(Greensboro 8, Hickory 0)

Greensboro Grasshoppers Saturday Baseball Report…
brought to us by Mike Causey for North Carolina Insurance Commissioner …..

What MORE can we say, the Greensboro Grasshoppers are and were going LONG GONE…The entire nation is feeling the breeze of the LONG GONE Hopper homers going through the trees, and if you please when you hit your knees before bed tonight, say a word of thanks for the job Charles McAdoo, Geovanny Planchart, and Rodolfo Nolasco were doing on Saturday night at First National Bank Field…While you are at it, add in nice Thank-You for the work turned in by Greensboro Grasshoppers’ starting pitcher Wilber Dotel…Dotel got the call to begin the game for Greensboro, and his effort resulted in Wilber being the WP/Winning Pitcher for the Hoppers…

The old call about hitting your knees and saying a word when you go to bed tonight, comes from the movie Brian’s Song, about Chicago Bears running back Brian Piccolo, and the Bears’ coach George Halas put out the word to say something for Brian…Good thoughts, and in this case, with the Greenboro Grasshoppers adding another South Atlantic League victory on Saturday night at First National Bank Field, this Saturday night result was real good news…

I spoke with Grasshoppers’ skipper Blake Butler before the game, and we talked about the excitement created on Friday night, when Termarr Johnson tripled to get the Hoppers going in the eighth inning..We talked about the emergence of position player Maikol Escotto as a new and valuable emergency pitcher in the pinch…Blake Butler assured me that the move of Escotto to the mound on Friday evening was not part of conversion project for Escotto, and that he was just stepping up to help the home team, when he made his way to mound and pitched one night earlier…”Totally Unshaken”, is how Blake Butler described Maikol Escotto, as he took the mound and went to work on Friday night…

We also conversed about the return of Jack Branningan to the Hoppers lineup on Friday, and I asked Butler if Jack was back-back, and if Brannigan was all good-good…He said he was good, and Blake must be right, and Brannigan is ready again, as Jack doubled on Friday night, and then he produced another double in his first at-bat, on Saturday night…

Now that is just the general information….The real catchy question I asked Blake Butler was if he thought this Hoppers team right now, was hitting more for power than for average…Blake said he felt like the way the Hoppers are progressing currently is all part of the ebb and flow of minor league baseball team…He also told me this team is doing the “Little Things Well”…Little Things are Big Things at this early stage of the season….

As the game got going on Saturday night, I was still sort of kicking around the thought within that last question, that I asked Blake Butler in our pregame conversastion….Do you think this team is hitting more for Power right now, than for average??? I briefly thought back to Lonnie White with 4 HRs and 9 RBI…Hudson Head with 3 HR/8 RBI…He hasn’t flashed it all yet, but we know Jack Brannigan(1 HR) has that same power I was asking about…And Shawn Ross had 14 home runs for the Hoppers last season, and he already has two HRs for the Grasshoppers this season….The Hoppers are second in the South Atlantic Leauge in home runs with 15 as a team, and just back of the Asheville Tourists, who have 17 long balls…

I said all that to say this…All that talk about the Hoppers Homers and their Power, and then Saturday night becomes a real wild night in the Power Department, this on a evening where Three Hoppers Homered for the first time this season….

Charles McAdoo, Geovanny Planchart, and Rodolfo Nolasco all went LONG GONE, with McAdoo and Planchart connecting for Two-Run shots…This offensive surge is carrying on, and what we saw on Saturday night helped boost the Grasshoppers to their 8-0 shutout victory over the Hickory Crawdads…By the way, we gave 13 of the Hoppers homers above in our text, but we want to give props to Sammy Siani and Josiah Sightler and thank them for the other two visits beyond the fences…

Fifteen Hopper Homers in the early season, and now the team is at (9-5) overall, and this bunch of Grasshoppers has still not found their full potential…This has been a very good week for Termarr Johnson, who is really starting to come around….Batting cleanup on Saturday night, Johnson went 1-2, with two walks and a run scored…This Hoppers team is fun to watch and follow, because when they really get rolling they could be something special….

And with all that outstanding Power on Display on Saturday night, how ’bout that Wilber Dotel??? First time we have seen him here at FNB Field, out there on the mound this season…Checked back on my scorebook and can give it to you for a fact…That was the first home action for Dotel this season…And what a story to tell for Dotel…Let’s check off some of the key boxes for Dotel…He went the Five Innings necessary to qualify for the Win/CHECK…He gave up No Runs/CHECK….By walking One Batter, while striking out Two Batters, Dotel was Super Efficient/CHECK…He only allowed Two Hits/CHECK…The ‘Dads got a leadoff Double from Anthony Gutierrez in the second inning, and later on a Single off the bat of Marco Soto with one out in the fifth inning…

A five-inning Shutout Victory for Wilber Dotel/CHECK…Dotel only threw 71 pitches and he proably could have come back out for the sixth inning, but most teams like to limit their pitchers to five innings of work, early in the season…80 pitches might be the limit for most of the guys any ways….

So you had Charles McAdoo, Geovanny Planchart, Rodolfo Nolasco, and Wilber Dotel, sharing in the Greensboro Grasshoppers wealth, and helping to spread it around in the Saturday night “W”/DUB…

So we don’t try to change the way we do things too much, let’s go back to our standard form for the Game Report, and head toward the wrap up, and the bow-adorning ceremony…

Final from Saturday Night at First National Bank Field:
Greensboro Grasshoppers 8, Hickory Crawdads 0
WP:Wilber Dotel(1-0)
LP:Aidan Curry(0-3)
SV:Darvin Garcia(1)
Garcia got the Hoppers save with his three-innings of work, coming from the bullpen…

Hoppers- 8-9-1
Crawdads-0-4-1

Greensboro Grashoppers(9-5)
Hickory Crawdads(5-9)

Hopper hitters:Mitch Jebb 1-5/RBI…Jack Brannigan 1-3/Double/HBP/Run…Termarr Johnson 1-2/2 BBs/Run…Charles McAdoo 2-4/HR/2 RBI…Rodolfo Nolasco 1-4/HR…Hudson Head 0-3/BB/Run…Maikol Escotto 1-3/Double/BB/Run…Geovanny Planchart 2-4/HR/Double/2 Runs/3 RBI…Really a breakout night for Geovanny Planchart…

Hickory hitters:Anthony Gutierrez 2-4/Double…Marco Sotto 1-3…Sebastian Walcott 1-4…

Hoppers stating pitcher Wilber Dotel’s night one more time…5 Innings/0 Runs/2 hits/1 BB/3 Ks…

Attendance-Looks to be the largest crowd of the season so far in 2024: 6,781
Time of Game-2:28…One of the fastest moving games of the season, at home in 2024…
Game Time Temp-78 Degrees

Next Up:Hickory Crawdads(5-9) at the Greensboro Grasshoppers(9-5) on Sunday afternoon at 2pm…At First National Bank Field, it will be Family Fun Day Sunday…Kids and their families play catch on the field before the game, and then the Kids Run the Bases, after the game…If you can’t make it out to the game on Sunday, you can Listen Live, when you CLICK HERE….