Thursday Night Greensboro Grasshoppers Baseball Report brought to us by Mike Causey for North Carolina Insurance Commissioner: Hoppers to 121 Home Runs on the season, with Johnson and Harrison going deep, as Hoppers get poppers and become 7/4 Show-Stoppers with 8-4 win over the IronBirds

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

Final from Thursday night at First National Bank Field, on the Fourth of July, in the South Atlantic League:
Greensboro Grasshoppers 8, Aberdeen IronBirds 4
WP:Hunter Barco(4-1)
LP:Edgar Portes(4-2)

Hoppers' Line-8-7-3
Birds' Line-  4-7-0

Greensboro Grasshoppers(50-28/11-2)
Aberdeen IronBirds(41-38/7-6)

Hoppers now (9-1) over their last 10 games, and (19-3) over their previous three and a-half weeks of SALLY League action…Hoppers with now 8 straight victories…Grasshoppers with their 3 1/2 game lead, over the Hudson Valley Renegades, in the second half of the Season of the Summer in SALLY League North…Aberdeen Ironbirds 4 games behind the Hoppers, at (7-6)…Jersey Shore BlueClaws six games back of the Grasshoppers, at (5-8)…

The Greensboro Grasshoppers fell behind in the Fourth of July game vs. Aberdeen, and it was 3-0 IronBirds, at the end of the third inning, on the strenth of Creed Willems 12th home run of the season, and it came as a solo shot for the Birds, in the Top of Third…Douglas Hodo III smacked his 4th HR of the year, and his RBI total jumped up to 14 RBI, on the Big Hit by Hodo….

The Greensboro Grasshoppers starting pitcher, Hunter Barco went five innings to get the victory, and he goes to (4-1), with the Win…Barco allowed 3 runs, on 4 hits, with 0 BB/5 Ks, and he gave up the two HRs….The Hoppers bullpen, was in primary support of Barco, as the Hoppers releivers, Elijah Birdsong and Yoldin De La Paz combined with Barco, to Walk NO/Zero Bird batters….Pitching has been real strong this week for the Hometown Hoppers….

Hoppers were down 3-0 early in the contest, and then they got hot, and it started getting real warm for the Grasshoppers in the bottom of the Third Inning, when they trailed 3-0, and they got a big boost in the arm, the left arm to be exact, as the Hoppers’ Termarr Johnson left the yard with a three-run HR, to right field…The Hoppers looked up and they were up, 5-3, at the end of the third inning…

That home run by Johnson was a BIG BOOST, with TJ getting his 8th HR, and also it increased his RBI, to 34 for the season…Kalae Harrison got in on the act, as he connected for a two-run home run, in the fifth inning…Score now, Hoppers 7, IronBirds 3…

Barco limited the damage incurred, during his time out there on The Bump, then Elijah Birdsong came in the middle innings, and Birdsong gave up a couple of hits, but he did not allow any Bird runs…Birdsong, no Bird runs, plus just one hit off of Birdsong, with 0 BB/1 K….Aldoin De La Paz, with 1 Run/2 Hits/0 BBs/4 Ks…Birdsong and De La Paz, very focused for this Fourth of July Special, on 2024…Birdsong and De La Paz, each worked two innings, in the Hoppers’ win…

Let’s begin to look over the the Hoppers’ Hitters for this Game:The Hopper batters walked 11 times vs. Aberdeen, and the IronBirds could pick up NO Walks vs. the Greensboro Grasshoppers…For the Hoppers, Termarr Johnson was 2-3/HR/2 BBs/2 Runs/3 RBI…Very productive night for Johnson…Mitch Jebb went 1-3/2 BBs/Run/SB…Shawn Ross 1-4/BB/Run/SB…Nick Cimillo 1-4/Double/BB/RBI…Hudson Head 0-4/BB…Josiah Sightler 0-3/BB/RBI…P.J. Hilson 1-2/Double/2 BBs/2 Runs/RBI…Luke Brown 0-4…Kalae Harrison 1-3/HR/BB/2 Runs/2 RBI….

Nick Cimillo with RBI #45, Termarr Johnson goes to 34 RBI, Sightler moves to 26 RBI, and Hilson is now at 22 RBI, and Harrison rolls with 5 RBI…

The Grasshoppers committed 3 errors, but they drew 11 Walks, and the Hoppers’ pitching staff led by starter Hunter Barco, Walked No/Zero IronBirds…

Let’s look at that Big Inning of Hoppers scoring, there in the Bottom of the Third…
Bottom 3rd
Termarr Johnson homers on a fly ball to right field. P.J. Hilson scores. Kalae Harrison scores.

Josiah Sightler walks. Mitch Jebb scores. Shawn Ross to 3rd. Hudson Head to 2nd.

P.J. Hilson walks. Shawn Ross scores. Hudson Head to 3rd. Josiah Sightler to 2nd.

The Hoppers got down, 3-0, and then the Greensboro Grasshoppers out-scored Aberdeen, 8-1 the rest of the way…The Hoppers walked five times, in the Bottom of the Third Inning…

Grasshoppers pitcher Hunter Barco took down the IronBirds, 1-2-3/3 Up/3 Down, in both the fourth and fifith innings…The fourth inning was about a 48 second inning…Douglas Hodo III went 2-4/HR/Run/2 RBI…Two-run homer for Hodo III…Creed Willems went 1-4/HR, and it was HR #12, and RBI #43 for Willems…Luis Valdes goes 2-3/Triple/Bunt Single/2 Runs…

Birds’ LP and their starting pitcher, Edgar Portes worked 2 2/3s innings, giving up 5 runs, on 3 hits, with 2 BBs/5 Ks/One HR vs. Portes…The Termarr Johnson HR which was #8 on the season for him, and his RBI total swelled to 34, in ’24…..

The five-run bottom of the Third Inning, was the trick for the Grasshoppers, that gave them a super-charged chance, to take the game from the Birds….

Game Particulars:
Time of Game/TOG-2:34
Game Time Temp-93 Degrees

Up Next:
The Aberdeen IronBirds(41-38/7-6) at the Greensboro Grasshoppers(5-28/11-2) with the First Pitch coming in at around, 6:30pm…If you can not make it out to the game, be sure to LISTEN LIVE, when you CLICK HERE….

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