Thursday August 8, 2013
Greensboro, NC--After 11-straight wins and two-straight sweeps, the GreenJackets failed to finish on top. The Grasshoppers (54-61) used three home runs Thursday night to snap the GreenJackets (65-50) winning streak with a 6-1 victory in Greensboro.
The Grasshoppers took an early lead when Colin Moran hit a solo home run off of starter Chris Stratton in the bottom of the first. Moran’s shot was the only run Stratton gave up Thursday night. Stratton worked 6.2 innings, while giving up eight hits, one run, one walk and fanning five batters.
It wasn’t until the seventh inning that another run scored. First baseman Joey Rapp led off the inning by reaching first on a walk. He then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Ben Turner and then scored on a single to left field by Eliezer Zambrano to tie the game up at 1.
The GreenJackets looked like they were about to earn another come from behind win, but instead gave up five runs in the eighth inning.
With lefty Mason McVay on the mound for Augusta, Greensboro’s Blake Barber and Cameron Flynn hit a two-run homer and three-run homer, respectively.
The GreenJackets then went down in order in the ninth inning to record their first loss in nine days.
Augusta will continue their four-game series against Greensboro tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. with Justin Schumer taking the mound for the GreenJackets. Chad James will get the start for the Grasshoppers.
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