The game was called after 8 1/2 innings by the umpires due to unsafe playing conditions. But Greensboro (74-46 overall; 30-20, second half of the South Atlantic League season), which owned a 2-1 lead, broke the game open with four runs in the top of the ninth. The win moves Greensboro into sole possession of second-place in the SAL's Northern Division, and just two games behind first-place Hagerstown. The Crawdads (70-49; 29-21) fall three games back with the loss. The Suns defeated Kannapolis 5-3 on Sunday.
The Grasshoppers grabbed the initial lead on Brian Anderson's first-inning sacrifice fly. But the Crawdads tied things up on Joe Jackson's solo home run. The Grasshoppers regained the lead in the sixth as they pushed the go-ahead run across, thanks to consecutive walks and a single.
It remained that way until the ninth, when the Grasshoppers scored four times on three hits, two walks and an error.
Felix Carvallo (4-3) took the loss after allowing one run on three hits, with two walk and a strikeout over 2.2 innings in relief. Greensboro reliever Tyler Kane (1-0) picked up the win with two scoreless innings of work. Jose Arias earned his first save after striking out all six batters he faced in his Greensboro debut. Hickory starter Akeem Bostick left the game in the first inning with an apparent groin injury. Jose Monegro came on in relief and tossed five shutout innings.
Jackson finished the game 1-2 with his fifth homer of the year and a walk. Ryan Cordell posted the 'Dads only multi-hit performance after going 2-3 with a double. The Crawdads make their way to Charleston, S.C., for a three game series against the RiverDogs. Game time for tonight's game is set for 7:05 p.m.
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