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What Is Love: Hoppers Celebrate Miss Babe

August 10, 2018 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Greensboro Grasshoppers News Release

GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Greensboro Grasshoppers paid tribute to the late Miss Babe Ruth, the team's beloved bat dog, as part of What Is Love Night throughout Friday night's game, a 9-4 loss to the Asheville Tourists at First National Bank Field. The first 1,000 fans received a commemorative bobblehead featuring Babe and team president GM Donald Moore, Babe's owner, presented by All Pets Considered.

After each inning, the Grasshoppers remembered Miss Babe Ruth with comparisons to her Hall of Fame namesake. Following the game, members of Novartis, which sponsored Babe throughout the majority of her 649-consecutive games as the team's bat dog, gathers on the field to present Moore with the ballpark's original Miss Babe Ruth statue.

The Tourists pulled away late in the game with three runs in the sixth on a Casey Golden 3-run blast and four more in the seventh.

The Grasshoppers attempted to rally in the home half of the ninth, trailing 9-2. With one out, Will Banfield belted his second home run (2) in as many days. Chris Torres followed with a triple, and he scored on a wild pitch during the next at-bat. Marcos Rivera followed with a controverial single that appeared to clear the left-field wall and riccochet off a rail back into the field of play. Umpires ruled that the ball never left the yard, and Rivera was thrown out at second base, stunting the comeback effort.

Asheville out-hit Greensboro, 12-10, led by 3-hit games from Matt Hearn and Todd Czinege as both players finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored.

Osiris Johnson smashed his first Class A home run and second of his career in the sixth inning for Greensboro. The Miami Marlins second round pick from thie June's First-Year Player Draft finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored while first rounder Connor Scott also went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Both starters earned decisions as Asheville Will Gaddis (6-5) picked up a win, tossing 7.0 innings and allowing two runs on seven hits with four stikeouts and a walk. Taylor Braley (5-6) took the loss, allowing four runs on five hits with five strikeouts and no walks.

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