Zac Susi grounded into a fielder’s choice to score Grant Koch in the top of the sixth inning for what proved to be the winning run as the Greensboro Grasshoppers edged the West Virginia Power 6-5 Thursday evening at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston.
West Virginia (22-24) extends its losing streak to five games, and the Power have just won twice in its last 13 chances. Brad Case picked up the win for the Grasshoppers, allowing five runs on eight hits and striking out four in six innings.
Mason Martin hit an RBI triple in the top of the first, and smashed a two-run homer in the third to help Greensboro build a 4-0 lead.
The Power answered in the bottom of the frame, using a two-run single by Ryan Ramiz and an RBI single by Jarred Kelenic to trim the deficit to 1.
West Virginia captured the lead in the bottom of the fourth as Joseph Rosa hit an RBI double and Johnny Slater singled in a run to give the Power a 5-4 lead.
But Greensboro took advantage of a West Virginia error in the fifth for a run and capitalized on Susi’s ground ball in the sixth to take the win. Rosa (3 for 4) had a double and an RBI and Slater (2 for 4) doubled with an RBI for the Power. Martin (2 for 4) led Greensboro with a homer, triple and four RBIs.
West Virginia and Greensboro continue their series Friday at 7:05 p.m.