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August 8, 2018 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Greensboro Grasshoppers News Release

Greensboro Grasshoppers

21-20 Second Half, 55-55 - Miami Marlins

vs. West Virginia Power

19-24 Second Half, 56-53 - Pittsburgh Pirates

Wednesday - 7:00 p.m.

First National Bank Field - Greensboro, N.C.

Game #111 of 136

LH Sean Guenther (2-1, 5.20) vs. RH Travis MacGregor (1-4, 3.43)

Today's Preview: The Grasshoppers (A, Marlins) are back in action after a rain-shortened win against the Power (A, Pirates) at First National Bank Field. Greensboro is sending left-hander Sean Guenther to the mound against West Virginia's Travis MacGregor as the Hoppers look to clinch a series win. The Grasshoppers lineup has experienced a shakeup over the last week with 18 roster moves in the month of August, including the arrival of Miami's top three draft picks from this June. In welcoming many new faces to the dugout, the Grasshoppers recently promoted shortstop Jose Devers and outfielder Tristan Pompey to the Class A-Advanced Jupiter Hammerheads.

Hoppers Hurlers: Sean Guenther, 22, makes his fourth start and ninth appearance with the Grasshoppers as he faces a Pirates affiliate for the second time this year. He is coming off a no decision on July 30 at Rome, allowing five runs (three earned)on 10 hits over 6.0 innings while walking none and striking out five. The left-hander has issued only three walks while fanning 22 over 27.2 innings with Greensboro. While Guenther has not faced West Virginia before, he had a strong start April 26 vs. Bradenton (High-A, Pirates) when he tossed 6.0 innings, allowing a run on seven hits in a no decision. He opened this season with Class A-Advanced Jupiter where he went 0-1 with a 4.38 ERA in seven games (seven starts) in the Florida State League. The Marlins selected him in the seventh round of the June 2017 First-Year Player Draft out of Notre Dame. He split his debut season between the GCL Marlins and Batavia, going 1-4 with a 3.18 ERA (18 ER/51.0 IP) and 44 strikeouts in 13 games (12 starts).

About Last Night: The Grasshoppers dropped five runs in the first to surge past the Power on Tuesday before the game was called due to nearby lightning. Daniel Castano (4-2) worked all 6.0 innings for Greensboro to earn a complete-game win in the storm-shortened contest. He allowed one run on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts. West Virginia Power starter Sergio Cubilete (3-5) took the loss, giving up eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits over 4 and 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked three before giving way to reliever Ike Schlabach. In the bottom of the first, Greensboro sent 11 men to the plate while scoring five runs on five hits. Connor Scott, the Marlins first round pick (13th overall) in this June's First-Year Player Draft, and Thomas Jones led off with back-to-back doubles for a quick 1-0 lead. Two batters later, Isael Soto followed with an RBI-single. Chris Torres then drew a 2-out walk before Marcos Rivera reached base on a strikeout-wild pitch that loaded the bases. Will Allen stepped to the plate and slapped a 2-run single to left field for a 4-0 lead, and Ricardo Cespedes followed with an RBI-single to cap the big inning. Allen finished 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI while Soto drove in two runs on a 2-for-3 night. Scott reached base in every plate appearance in his Class A debut, going 2-for-2 with a double, an RBI, two walks, and two runs scored. Fellow top draft picks Osiris Johnson (Second Round, 53rd overall) and Will Banfield (Competitive Balance Round B, 69th overall) also made their Class A debut with Greensboro on Tuesday night.

Youth Movement: The Grasshoppers received the Miami Marlins top three draft picks from this June's First Year Player Draft on Tuesday as Connor Scott (First Round, 13th overall), Osiris Johnson (Second Round, 53rd overall), and Will Banfield (Competitive Balance Round B, 69th overall) all made their Class A debut Tuesday against West Virginia. The trio of teenagers are the three youngest members of the Grasshoppers as Scott (18) was born Oct. 8, 1999, Banfield (18) was born Nov. 18, 1999, and Johnson (17) was born Oct. 18, 2000. With his promotion to Greensboro, Orisis Johnson becomes the first player born in the new millennium to suit up for the Grasshoppers.

Where there's a Will: Grasshoppers catcher Will Allen put together his third 4-RBI game of the season on Tuesday, going 2-for-3 with a 2-run home run in the 8-1 win over West Virginia in six innings. Allen, who played first base on Tuesday, also slapped a 2-run single in the first inning as Greensboro built an early 5-0 lead. Earlier this season, Allen torched the Hickory Crawdads with eight RBI in three games played, driving in four runs on June 11 and again on June 13 in the second game of a doubleheader. The most RBI by a Grasshopper in a single game this season is five, accomplished by Zach Sullivan and Isael Soto.

No-Hitter History: Sunday's no-hitter against Kannapolis is Greensboro's first since April 23, 2012, when Jose Fernandez combined with Gregory Nappo and Kevin Cravey in a 6-0 win over Hickory for the first no-hitter in Grasshoppers history. Prior to that, Greensboro's last no-hitter came during the Bats era, when Jason Vargas spun a 9-inning no-no on Aug. 24, 2004, against the Savannah Sand Gnats.


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