Tonight’s Greensboro Grasshoppers game against the Delmarva Shorebirds was another shutout, and the Hoppers leave the field with the score 8-0. It was a short game, about two and a half hours, and the Hoppers established command early on and didn’t let it up. Half of our runs came in the seventh inning, where Delmarva pitcher Tim Adleman just kept giving up hits and runs. No complaints here. J T Realmuto hit another homer on Natty’s Hill in the second inning. The Hoppers played good ball tonight, got done what they needed to get done, and kept their wits about them. As always, check out the official box score and game recap for all the details.
Again, I didn’t take many pictures tonight (It was raining for part of the game, and I didn’t want to mess with the camera), but here’s a shot of Realmuto making it home after blasting the ball onto Natty’s Hill.
Winning like this is what we need to keep doing to stay (get) in the race for a playoff spot. I was out of town for the weekend and missed the games, but Bill on Baseball has some excellent write-ups of how things went down. Be sure to check out his blog for details on how the Hoppers are doing what they need to do get to the post-season.
Tonight’s win really helps the Hoppers, especially considering how some of the other games in the league are shaking out tonight. I listened to Andy Durham explain it all on the radio on the way home, and I think I’ve got a good grip on it. Hickory won both of the games against Lakewood in their double-header today and Kannapolis lost to Rome. This moves Hickory into first place in the league, with Kannapolis only a half game behind them. Hoppers are in 3rd place, three and a half games behind Hickory. It’s still mathematically possible for the Hoppers to win the 2nd half outright, but the easier route to the playoffs is going to be with Hickory winning the 2nd half. Since Hickory won the 1st half, if they win the 2nd half, the other playoff spot goes to the team with the best overall record,, where the hoppers have a chance of coming out on top.
While it’s fun to think of the possibilities, all this depends on the Hoppers doing their part and winning games. They’re on fire right now, with a great winning streak. The best thing they can do is keep it going. The other teams are going to do what the other teams do, and we’ll just have to see what happens. Any way it rolls out, it looks like the final five-game series in Kannapolis is going to play a big part in whether or not there will post-season play for the Hoppers. I’ve actually got tickets for the whole series in Kannapolis, and am going to try to go to all the games down there.
Tomorrow’s the last regular home game of the year. I’m especially looking forward to it because I won a drawing at the ballpark this year where the prize was a party at the ballpark party deck, including dinner, for 40 people! If you’re at the game tomorrow, we’ll be hooting and hollering from the third base side, upstairs, under the “Miller Lite” signs. Big thanks to Sheetz for sponsoring the drawing, at to everyone at the ballpark (I’m especially looking at you, Todd) who is working to make it a special night for my friends and me.
A note to anyone who might be visiting from MLBlogs: welcome! Today, my other baseball blog — Baseball Haiku — was one of the featured blogs on MLBlogs. In addition to pointing out the baseball haiku I write every day, they mentioned the Hoppers Fan blog. Here’s a screenshot:
How cool is that? It’s truly a humbling experience to see my mug up there on the official page for all the MLBlogs, in the company of the other great blogs featured. I would never have imagined seeing my picture next to a picture of John Thorn, MLB’s official historian, for example. It was especially nice of MLBlogs to mention the Hoppers Fan blog while they were featuring the Baseball Haiku blog. Thanks!
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