Ah, Grasshoppers. With proper focus, oneness with the universe — and double-digit runs — you will master your opponent.
And so it came to pass Friday night at Applebee's Park. The Greensboro Grasshoppers thumped the Lexington Legends 11-5.
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The Legends have lost five in a row overall. The Grasshoppers are 8-0 against the Legends.
The Legends wasted a four-RBI night by Brian Pellegrini.
“That's why we play 70 games,” Pellegrini said of his team's 0-2 start to the second half. “We're 0-and-2 — OK, it's not a great start, but we have 68 more games to go. So, yeah, it's disappointing to lose a game but we'll keep fighting. I know we won't give up.”
Eight Grasshoppers combined for 16 hits. Matt Dominguez had his second three-hit game in a row, and No. 9 hitter Osvaldo Martinez also had three. Bryan Petersen and Michael Stanton each added two hits and three RBI.
The Legends had eight hits — all but one coming from 2-3-4 hitters Cat Everett, Eric Taylor and Pellegrini. Taylor had three hits.
The Legends took a 3-0 lead with only one hit in the first inning.
Back-to-back one-out walks by Everett and Taylor set the table for Pellegrini.
Just as he did in his final at-bat a night earlier, Pellegrini ripped a homer to left field. The homer, off of Brett Durand, was his seventh of the season.
“He kept feeding me fastballs and I kept fighting off,” Pellegrini said. “And finally he left one over the plate that I was able to handle.”
The teams traded single runs, Greensboro getting a second-inning homer from Ryan Anetsberger.
The Legends tallied in the third when Pellegrini followed Taylor's single with a triple off the right-field wall.
The Grasshoppers knocked out Legends lefty Tommy Vessella with a four-run fourth, taking a 5-4 lead. Thomas Hickman banged a two-run homer off the right-field deck. Ryan Curry added an RBI triple, then scored on Bryan Petersen's sacrifice fly.
The Legends tied with a run in the fifth. Everett doubled, took third on Taylor's single and scored on a wild pitch by Hoppers starter Brett Durand.
Michael Stanton's league-leading 17th homer pushed the lead to 11-5 in the eighth.