Greensboro Grasshoppers Saturday Night Baseball Report brought to us by Mike Causey for North Carolina Insurance Commissioner: Winning Streak comes to an end, as IronBirds rally to top Hoppers with an “Retzbach Bomb”(“Tough Pill to Swallow”)

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

This might be a good time to be at a loss for words, since the Greensboro Grasshoppers took the loss to the Aberdeen IronBirds, for the first time in a LONG time, and it was a mighty “tough pill to swallow”…

Tough to swallow, because the Greensboro Grasshoppers took a 9-3 lead to the Top of the Ninth Inning, and that’s where the Greensboro nine-game winning streak, the 6-0 record for this week, and the 19 wins over their last 22 games streak, ALL came to end…

And the Greensboro Grasshoppers had this game locked up….Then the Aberdeen IronBirds came back from being down by six runs, and the ‘Birds got a Grand Slam home run from Adam Retzbach, and the ‘Birds go from losing 9-3, to leading, 11-9, before eventually winning the game, by the 11-10 score…

For all good intents and purposes, the Greensboro Grasshoppers had this game won, going to the Top of the Ninth…Up 9-3, but Aberdeen would never allow the Hoppers to close the door…Eight runs from the IronBirds, with the highlight being the Grand Slam Home Run by Adam Retzbach, with Retzbach batting twice, and Retzbach scoring twice in the 9th…It was 11 ‘Bird batters, and Aberdeen picked up their eight(8) runs, on just 3 hits, with 6 straight Walks, including a Bases Loaded Walk, and with the ‘Birds still trailing, 9-7, Retzbach hit his bomb, and after his blast, Aberdeen looked up and saw themselves in front, 11-9…

That score was 9-3, Greensboro, and then it became 11-9, Aberdeen….You don’t see games go in that direction very often, but this one did, and we will have to get this game out of our heads, and make sure it is totally digested, before the Hoppers hit the field again on Tuesday night, vs. the Winston-Salem Dash….

The Hoppers win the Aberdeen IronBird series, 5-1, but the Saturday night loss was and is, still a “tough pill to swallow”…As Greensboro went to the bottom of the ninth inning they were down 11-9, but a solo Home Run by ninth inning leadoff man, Hudson Head, made it 11-10 ‘Birds, and that is how it ended…

The Grasshoppers did hit four more Home Runs of their own, to now give them 128 HRs for the season…And here is how it went at the plate for the night for the Greensboro Grasshoppers….Termarr Johnson 2-4/HR/BB/Run/2 RBI…Mitch Jebb 3-5/HR/2 Runs/2 RBI/3 SB…Jack Brannigan 0-3/2 BBs/Run/SB…Nick Cimillo 1-4/HR/BB/Run/RBI…P.J. Hilson 1-4/Run…Hudson Head 3-5/HR/2 Runs/2 RBI…Josiah Sightler 1-3/BB…Maikol Escotto 2-5/Run/RBI…Sergio Campana Run…

Cimillo with his 16th HR of the season, to tie Shawn Ross for the team lead…Termarr Johnson and Hudson Head both with their 9th homers of the year, and Mitch Jebb got home run #6, for 2024…

The Grasshoppers used 7 pitchers in the contest, with Hoppers pitching walking 6 ‘Birds, and striking out 7 ‘Birds…The Hopper batters walked just five times, and they struck out 18 times in the ballgame…That’s quite a few Ks for the Hoppers at the plate….

Yes, this one was a “tough pill to swallow”, and let’s give you the game details and other key components/info….

Final Score:
Aberdeen IronBirds 11, Greensboro Grasshoppers 10
WP:Yaqui Rivera(5-1)
LP:Yoldin De La Paz(0-2)
SV:Zane Barnhart(1)

Birds' Line-  11-11-0
Hoppers' Line-10-14-0

Greensboro Grasshoppers(51-29/12-3)
Aberdeen IronBirds(42-39/8-7)

Game Particulars:
Attendance-3,124
Time of Game-3:00
Game Time Temp-90 Degrees

Up Next:
Greensboro Grasshoppers OFF on Sunday and Monday, and then on Tuesday it is the Winston-Salem Dash at the Greensboro Grasshoppers with the first pitch coming in at 6:30pm…All coming up with 6 WS Dash-GSO Hoppers games coming up next week, at First National Bank Field….

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