Hickory Crawdads Vs. Greensboro Grasshoppers.
The Crawdads are the Low A Affiliate of the Texas Rangers and The Grass Hoppers are the Low A affiliate of the Miami Marlins. This is the second Marlins affiliate I have seen on this trip. This is the 8th game of the road trip. 8th Minor League game of the year. My 44th game of the year.
NewBridge Bank Park, Greensboro, N.C.
For the 2nd year in a row I was there for their 4th of July fireworks, last year I saw the Kannapolis Intimidators play the Grasshoppers. http://roxaddict.mlblogs.com/2011/07/07/the-grasshoppers-get-crushed-like-a-bug-on-a-windshield-by-the-intimiadators/ This has almost became a tradition for my family that lives in Greensboro. The ballpark is nice has some history about baseball in Greensboro and Local flare. Baseball in Greensboro has been around since the early 1900’s the current incarnation of Greensboro baseball started in 1980. The Teams name was the Hornets it then was changed to the Bats and is currently as you know the Grasshoppers.
For this game I did not get to the stadium overly early and we got to the stadium about a half hour before the first pitch. As we entered I noticed the big landing X for sky divers and the Jump planes circling, so as we walked around the gift shop I kept an eye on the field to see if the festivities started. I think skydivers landing is really cool. I also think blinking lights are great too but that is for another day.
This is a photo of one of the guys coming in over the stadium.
Josh Hodges throws the first pitch to the Crawdads Rougned Odor. Which the Grassboro staff had some fun with on the video board.
Odor would pop out to the Grasshoppers second baseman. That Just stinks for the Crawdads. The Crawdads would see some base runners Hodges walked a batter and hit another with a pitch he had slight control issues in the first.
Guilford was all patriotic for the game!!!
The Grasshoppers got things started early their lead off batter Ryan Goetz hit a single and stole 2nd. With 2 outs Ryan Rieger hit a Home Run for a quick 2-0 Grass Hoppers lead. Josh Hodge would find his stuff in the second and sit the Crawdads down in order!
The Grasshoppers got 3 More in the second with the lead off man reaching on and error the second batter also being hit. and a Wilfredo Gimenez scoring 2 on a double. (4-0) Grasshoppers. Gimenez would then score on a wild pitch. As seen in the above photo.(5-0) Grasshopper
The Crawdads go on the board in the third. Drew Robinson hit a 2 run home run. (5-2) Grasshoppers.
As always at NewBridge Bank Park has the Labs Master Yogi Berra and Miss Babe Ruth. The owner has something to do with lab breeding or a lab rescue forgot which but they are used threw out the game for promos and as the bat dog.
The Crawdads tied it up in the 4th with a swing of the bat, when Jhonny Gomez hit a 3 run home run. (5-5)
The Grasshoppers Hodge lasted 4 2/3 innings and Chris Schafer came in to pitch the next few innings. After I decided to get out of my seat to get some photos because the netting down the whole side of the field was driving me and my cameras crazy. I saw this guy in his seat. Another Rockies fan.
one of the promos between innings was the build a sandwich contest. which one person was the bread and then the other had to stack stuff on top of them to make the sandwich. The second person was the top piece of bread. I have seen this contest in different stadiums with different formats.
The Crawdads scored 2 more in the fifth to take a (7-5) Lead. this was like being at a Rockies game they go up by a bunch early than loose the lead. Try to fight back and come up short. The Grasshoppers did get an additional run in the fifth aswell.
Gimenez hits one to get on base on a bad throw to first from the pitcher.
The ball already past the first baseman as Gimenez reaches first.
John Shultz hitting one to for a single in the 7th and would be the Grasshoppers only batter of the inning.
Aaron Senne sends one to right field….
Which was caught by the Crawdads right fielder.
Adam Conley pitched for the Grasshoppers in the eighth. It is always crazy seeing a side arm pitcher pitch. I have been seeing a bunch in the last 2 years in Minor League but not many in the Majors yet.
Another one gets by the Crawdads first baseman in the ninth.
Yeison Hernandez dives back to first. The Last 2 Grasshoppers batters struck out and that was the game 7-6 Crawdads.
After the game there was fireworks before the Dogs came out and ran the bases and ran around the field.
Then there was the fireworks.
That is it for this visit to Greensboro. Got a bunch of games coming up and with a slight schedule change i may be able to get a few more stadium in along the way. The next few days I will be in Hickory for a game or 2 and Burlington for a game or 2. I am revamping my schedule a little but it may benefit getting in more games.