After trailing 3-1 following one inning of play, the Greensboro bats awoke to the tune of seven runs in the final eight frames to defeat Charleston, 8-3, in South Atlantic League action in front of 4,052 fans at Riley Park on Sunday night.
The RiverDogs (20-13 second half, 59-42 overall) remain in second place behind Lexington in the Southern Division standings.
The game got started with a bang as Greensboro’s leadoff batter, Juancito Martinez, swung at the first pitch from RiverDogs starter Daniel Camarena and deposited the ball over the left-field fence for a leadoff solo homer, his first of the year.
Martinez ended his night a double shy of the cycle going 4 for 5 with two RBIs and two runs scored for the Grasshoppers (17-18, 50-54).
Charleston responded with three runs of its own in the bottom of the first. Danny Oh drew a leadoff walk and later stole second base. Greg Bird drew a walk two batters later and then Jake Cave was hit by a pitch two batters after that to load the bases for Reymond Nunez, who delivered with a big two RBI single.
Daniel Aldrich then loaded the bases by drawing a hit by pitch for Wes Wilson. With Wilson batting, Austin Brice tossed a wild pitch that scored Cave from third.
But it was all Greensboro after the first inning. The Grasshoppers scored one run in the third inning, three in the fourth, one in the seventh and two more for good measure in the ninth inning.
Camarena (3-5) took the loss after allowing five runs on seven hits with two strikeouts in his six innings of work.
Sunday was Daddy Daughter Princess Day at The Joe. All the little princesses had their chance to meet Prince Charming.
The RiverDogs will welcome the Hickory Crawdads for four games in three days, beginning with a doubleheader Monday at Riley Park. The first game is set to start at 6:05 p.m. RHP Cesar Vargas (4-3, 2.96 ERA) will be on the mound for Charleston in Game 1, while the starter for Game 2 is to be determined.
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