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GREENSBORO, N.C. (April 5, 2019) – Pitching was no problem for the Hagerstown Suns, but the bats were not able to score a run in a 6-0 loss to the Greensboro Grasshoppers at First National Bank Field Friday night.

Tim Cate (0-1) was excellent in his 2019 debut, fanning seven in 4.2 innings of work. The lefty did not allow an earned run, however, two errors in the fifth led to four runs crossing the plate for the Greensboro Grasshoppers (2-0).

Chase Lambert opened up the fifth for Greensboro, knocking a one out single to left. Lolo Sanchez laid down a bunt to advance Lambert to second. The scoring opened on a routine grounder to shortstop Jose SanchezHis throw went wide to allow Fabricio Macias to reach safely with two away as Lambert reached home. WIth Macias at second following a stolen base, Connor Kaiser bounced the ball to third. Gilbert Lara fielded the ball cleanly, but then tossed it errantly to first to allow Macias to score and give Greensboro a 2-0 lead. 

 After lifting Cate for Ryan TapaniBrett Kinneman hit a triple, to score Kaiser and Mason Martin and put Greensboro in front 4-0. 

Tapani finished the game for Hagerstown (0-2). He spun 3.1 innings allowing four hits and two earned runs.

Osvaldo Bido (1-0) started the game on the right foot for the ‘Hoppers. The 23-year-old tossed five innings of one hit baseball while wringing up three Suns batters.

Greensboro followed by receiving two scoreless innings of relief work from Joe Jacques and Nicholas Economos to shut the door on Hagerstown.

The Suns will be back in action tomorrow night against the Grasshoppers at First National Bank Field with first pitch set for 7:00 p.m. RHP Jake Irvin (0-0, 0.00 ERA) takes the hill for Hagerstown, while Greensboro sends RHP Alex Manasa (0-0, 0.00 ERA) out.

Hagerstown open their home schedule Thursday, April 11 against the Asheville Tourists at 6:05 p.m. The first 1,000 fans will receive a magnet schedule giveaway. For tickets or more information, visit hagerstownsuns.com or call 301-791-6266.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.