Matt Juengel had a double, a home run and two runs batted in as the Greensboro Grasshoppers took a 6-3 win over the Lexington Legends Wednesday afternoon.
The Legends jumped in front 1-0 with a run in the first inning. With one out, Raul Mondesi singled, stole second and came home on a double by Mark Threlkeld.
Greensboro took the lead for good with three runs in the top of the second against Legends starter Miguel Almonte. A single by Yordy Cabrera, a ground-rule double by Juengel and a walk to Cody Keefer loaded the bases with no outs. Mike Vaughn drew a walk, which forced in the tying run, and Blake Barber followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Juengel from third and gave the Grasshoppers the lead. Keefer came home when Juancito Martinez grounded into a force play from second, and Greensboro had a 3-1 lead.
The Legends answered with a run in the bottom of the second on consecutive two-out singles by Jin-Ho Shin, Yowill Espinal and Terrance Gore.
Juengel’s solo homer in the third gave Greensboro a 4-2 lead, but the Legends scored in the bottom of the third when Threlkeld walked, moved to second on a ground out by Bubba Starling and came home on a single by Fred Ford.
The score remained 4-3 until the top of the seventh. A double by Viosergy Rosa, a single by Cabrera and a sacrifice fly by Juengel produced another Greensboro run.
The Grasshoppers added their final run in the ninth. Gomez reached second on a throwing error by Mondesi, the shortstop. Gomez moved to third on Solorzano’s infield hit and scored on Cabrera’s sacrifice fly to center field.
Greensboro starter Ramon Del Orbe (5-4) worked the first five innings and got the win. Frankie Reed, who pitched a scoreless ninth inning, picked up his 10th save. Almonte, (3-7), who pitched the first three innings, took the loss.
Greensboro has taken the first two games of the series, which concludes Thursday night. Game time is 7:05P.M