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Tonight was very fan friendly. There was a corn hole tournament up on Natty’s Hill, there was the between inning games that are always a blast, and post game we had The Band Of Oz performing in the grandstand. It was an incredible day at the ballpark. A friend of mine and me signed up for the corn hole tournament, but I guess everyone was scared of our mad skills because no one else signed up. We still played anyway. And having a good time with a good friend with baseball in the background is definitely a recipe for fun!
Miss Babe RuthThe above picture is a pretty common scene At the ballpark. is a black lab and has been trained to retrieve bats and balls for the players. The game was exciting to watch as well. I took a ton of pictures today and you can view all pictures on the HoppersFan page on Facebook.
So, on to the game…
Kannapolis would strike first in the first inning making it 1-0. The very next inning the Hoppers would score on a solo HOME RUN by Matt Smith. Tying the ballgame at 1-1. Neither team would score again till the 5th inning when Kannapolis would have 3 players cross the plate for a score of 4-1. But as we all know by now, our Hoppers may be down but they are never out! The hoppers would answer with two more runs in the 6th. Making the score 4-3. Kannapolis nor greensboro would score till the bottom of the ninth. Matt Smith would score the tying run on a single by Rand Smith. And like so many games this year, the heart attack hoppers went to extras. It remained 4-4 through the bottom of the 11th.
Here’s the scene: Hoppers tied 4-4. Bottom of the 11th. Matt Smith would single, putting him at first. James Wooster hit a sacrifice bunt advancing Smith to second. Terrence Dayleg would ground out, advancing Smith to 3rd. up walks Wilfredo Gimenez. For those that know me, know that Wilfredo at the beginning of the season, was not one of one my favorite players by far. But he has come a LONG way, and I must say I’m a fan. But, back to today’s game… Wilfredo walks up, 2 outs, Matt Smith on Third. Wilfredo steps up and blast a single just barely over the first baseman’s glove! Matt Smith Scores!!!! HOPPERS WIN! HOPPERS WIN! HOPPERS WIN!
The team rushing the field in celebration!
Notice anything different about the lawn seats? Thats right, it was Bark In The Park tonight! They had several games involving the dogs. They allow the fans to bring along their dogs to come and enjoy the game. Of course, the cute little pooches needed a ticket as well, pinned the “puppy pass”. It makes for an incredibly fun night at the ballpark. I spent a lot of the night over in the lawn seating tonight. It was a great game as well.
The game tonight started with the whirling fastballs from Jose Urena. Jose is one pitcher that has a tremendous arm and is currently listed as one of the Miami Marlins top 20 prospects. It was nothing shorter than a pitching duel between the Legends and the Hoppers. Jose nor Cruz (from lexington) would allow a run till the 8th inning. And that would go to the Lexington Legends. So, in the middle of the 8th inning the score was 1-0 Lexington. Brent Keys would start off the inning with a triple on a line drive to right field. Austin Barnes would then single. With two men on base. Aaron Senne would step up to the plate slamming a three run homer deep to right field. Making the score 3-1 Greensboro. That homer would prove to be the hit the Hoppers needed to secure the victory. With the win tonight the Hoppers improve to an impressive 49-27 on the year and an incredible, 27-8 at home! Tonight was definitely one worth barking for! They improve to 3-3 in the second half standings.
Between the dogs barking, the three run homer, and the big win over Lexington tonight, it proved to be an incredible night at the stadium. And what better way to end an evening of Bark In The Park, than by saying… WOOF WOO… IT’S A GREAT TIME TO BE A HOPPER!
Tonight was Military appreciation night, and what a night it was! With an on the field temperature of 73 degrees and wind slightly blowing, it made a great night for baseball. The pitchers on the mound tonight were Jose Urena and Austin Brice. They combined for an amazing 14 strikeouts!!! It was incredible to see that duo sling the ball. The score was tied at zero going into the 4th when Urena had two walks and then Lakewood would clear the bases before the inning was over making it 4-0. Josh Adams steps up to the plate in the bottom of the 4th and launches a home run to the moon before it landed somewhere outside of Winston Salem. It was a monster home run! Lakewood would not score the rest of the game. The bottom of the ninth, Josh Adams would hit a double putting him at second base. James Wooster steps up to the plate and launches a home run right off the score board in center field. Making the score 4-3. Terrence Dayleg would single, making the tying run on base, winning run at the plate. Wilfredo Gimenez (who’s been slumping bad this year) grounds a ball straight to second base, Dayleg is tagged out at second then to first, making it a double play to end the game. The Greensboro Grasshoppers snapped their 16 game home winning streak tonight to the Lakewood Blueclaws. With this loss they are 30-11 on the season, and currently still 6 games ahead of second place. So this loss really didn’t matter, in the scheme of things, lets just not make it a habit! Tonight was pretty close to a sell out and with tomorrows giveaway, its gonna be another crowd and another GREAT DAY TO BE A HOPPER!