Big Error In 9th Creates Walk-Off Win For Hoppers (8/22/2011)

The Greensboro Grasshoppers are back in town for a 9 day homestand: four games against the West Virginia Power and five games against the Delmarva Shorebirds. We pretty much need to sweep the entire homestand in order to set ourselves up for a playoff spot. We got off on the right foot tonight with a 4-3 win, that went all the way to the bottom of the ninth.

Starting for the Hoppers tonight was Kyle Winters, who pitched five innings, and was set up for the win with the Hoppers leading 2-1 at the bottom of the fifth, when he was relieved by James Leverton. Kyle ended up with no decision however, as the score became tied 3-3 in the top of the ninth. Leverton was replaced by Michael Brady, who came away with the win when he Hoppers scored in the bottom of the ninth on a big error by West Virginia.

Here’s how the bottom of the ninth went down. Batting out of the seven-hole, Danny Black singled on a nice hit to right field. J. T. Realmuto followed with a nice sacrifice bunt that pushed Danny to second. Isaac Galloway singled on a ground ball to first base, but the first baseman made a fielding error that allowed Danny to score from 2nd base. And that was the game. The Hoppers had pretty good command of the game, but when West Virginia scored those two runs to tie it in the ninth, it was starting to get tense. When the Hoppers got the win, everyone mobbed the field in celebration.

These are the results we need if we want a shot at post-season play.

Want to see Kyle Winters pitching? I thought so:

Kyle Winters Pitching

How about James Leverton? I thought so, too:

James Leverton Pitching

How about Player Of The Game Danny Black hitting a single? Yeah, I’ve got that for you:

Danny Black Hitting

Lots more pictures on the Facebook photo album. I actually managed to get some action shots of every Hoppers batting this time. So if you want to see any of them, be sure to check out the full album.

Before the game, Greg Nappo was signing autographs at the autograph table. I got his autograph on one of my baseballs:

Greg Nappo Autograph

And here’s how I had the game, without bothering to do the stats. Look how tense that ninth inning was:

8/22/2011 Scorecard: Hoppers (4) v Power (3)

That’s it for me. Tomorrow’s another day, another game. Let’s keep winning.

Remember, you can click on any of the pictures in the post to embiggen them. Check out the photo album on Facebook for all the pictures. Join the conversation by leaving a comment — what are you thinking?

See ya at the ballpark!
Twitter: @HoppersFan



  1. catherine

    Terrific write up about the game tonight and YES LOVE the PICS!!!! So glad you and everyone there are having so much fun going to and watching the games and following the Hoppers. Sounds like HOPPIN” FUN to me. Hope they can get another win tomorrow night. Probably won’t be listening as Kyle’s little sister Erin has softball practice.

    Have fun at the ballpark!!!

    • Greg

      Glad you’re enjoying the pics. The season’s almost over, and I finally found my DSLR camera. Turns out it was hidden in the car trunk! Hahaha. Anyway, I had a blast taking the pictures from the visitor’s dugout area.

      Hope Erin has a great practice tomorrow!


    Greg – thanks for the blog and the details, and of course, the pictures! Since the games are not shown live, It is nice to have a visual 🙂

    • Greg

      Thanks! With my “new” seat close to the field, I keep trying to get an exciting picture of a play at home plate, but so far there hasn’t been one that I grabbed.

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