Shorebirds Win In Showstopping Style
The Shorebirds near sweep on Thursday night closed out their series with Lexington and Friday – a new series began with the Greensboro Grasshoppers.
Greensboro jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after the first inning, but things calmed down until the Birds got things going in the fourth inning. Logan Uxa stepped up to the plate and started off the inning with a long-shot to the wall for a stand up double. With Uxa on second, Cameron Kneeland knocked in the equalizer, dropping one into left field. After an infield grounder, Yermin Mercedes helped Kneeland advance to third and into scoring position with just one out. Elier Levya seized the opportunity to get the go ahead run – Levya lifted one into left field for a sac fly as Kneeland slid into home plate to make it 2-1.
Shorebirds pitcher, Brian Gonzalez looked to be in some discomfort on the mound in the top of the fifth, but he remained in the game until the sixth. The coaching staff took the field to check on Gonzalez, but he left the game and headed to the locker room.
Stefan Crichton looked to close it out for the Birds, but the Grasshoppers managed to bring in the equalizer in the 6th with a fielding error in the outfield to tie things up at 2.
From there, the Shorebirds continued to make plays on defense to keep the Grasshoppers off the board including a nice diving stop and a toss to Crichton covering first base in the eighth inning. Then again in the ninth inning, Greensboro with a runner on 2nd – Garrett Cortright strikes out Zach Sullivan to stand the go-ahead runner to end the inning. However, the Shorebirds did not get a run to take the first game of the series into extra innings.
For the fans who stayed till the end, they definitely got their money’s worth after a two-run walk-off home run from the Shorebirds very own, Ademar Rifaela, in the bottom of the twelfth inning as the home team wins, 4-2 the final.