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Saturday, August 07, 2021

An OF earned a W? That wasn’t the crazy part

After giving up six runs on the mound, Greensboro’s Will Matthiessen, the outfielder-turned-pitcher-turned-folk hero, smacked a walk-off grand slam to cap a seven-run comeback and give the Grasshoppers a wild 15-14 victory. To put a cherry on top, Matthiessen earned the win for his efforts on the mound. Talk about a redemption arc….

The Grasshoppers sent Matthiessen, an outfielder, to pitch in the top of the 12th inning and, as you might predict, he proceeded to get shelled. Matthiessen gave up three runs before recording an out. Ezequiel Duran then sent a three-run blast into orbit, giving Hickory a six-run cushion. Given the circumstances, the Crawdads decided to stick with Nic Laio on the mound in the 12th, after he had gotten through the 11th, to save a pitcher in a game that seemingly looked to be over.

Laio got the first two outs of the inning pretty quickly, sandwiching an RBI single by Triolo with a popout and a strikeout. Then, the Grasshoppers sparked a rally, scoring two runs on two singles and a double. At this point, there were two runners on, and Koch came to the plate representing the tying run. After a visit to the mound, Laio issued a seven-pitch walk to Koch, loading the bases. Enter Matthiessen for the most unlikely of endings.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2021 at 10:08 AM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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