Money Off Monday was in full swing tonight. They offer one dollar drinks and dollar hot dogs. Aside from the kettle corn and the bbq nachos, dollar hot dogs can not be beat. The game wasn’t that bad either. After last night, I came ready to see a win tonight. I came ready to see greatness. I came ready to cheer on my grasshoppers!
Austin Brice started out the night on the mound. Since Jose Fernandez and Adam Conley moved up to Jupiter last week, Austin is now our highest pitching prospect for the Marlins. He is currently number 12 of the top 20 prospects for Miami. He had an off night tonight. He threw 4 innings, allowed 5 runs, 5 hits, and snagged only 2 strikeouts. He was quickly relieved by John Omahen. He threw 2 innings, allowed 3 hits, 2 runs, and 1 strikeout. He would be pulled as well and James Nygren would finish the job. He would sling the remaining 3 innings and only allow 1 hit and would provide 2 strikeouts. Since Jose and Conley moved up, these pitchers look lost. They looked like a little puppy trying to figure out their place in the world, among the big dogs. Hopefully, with the help of All Stars Greg Nappo and James Nygren and SAL Championship pitcher, and Greensboro Grasshopper Veteran, Chris Shafer, we can figure something out about our pitching. Six runs on a normal night is generally enough to win a baseball game, we just can’t continue to allow the pitching to make our offense a mute point.
Heavy hitters on the night were Austin Barnes, who homered for the 5th time this season. But had to go out after he was injured on a double play in the 8th. They were evaluating his shoulder after the game. Newly acquired Yeison Hernandez had his first two hits of the season for the hoppers tonight. He went 2-4 for the Hoppers tonight. John Shultz and Ryan Goetz would both have 2 hits on 4 at bats. It wouldn’t be enough though as the Hoppers fall to Hickory 7-6. Come out tomorrow night as the fireworks will fill the air, the smell of fresh kettle corn popping, and of course the thrill of the Heart Attack Hoppers. Come out and support Greensboro Baseball, why? Because IT’S A GREAT TIME TO BE A HOPPER!