HICKORY, NC - The 1st-Place Hickory Crawdads fell, 6-4, to the Delmarva Shorebirds on Thursday evening, before 1,569 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.
The Crawdads (11-4, 47-37) jumped ahead early with one run in the bottom of the first inning against RHP Miguel Chalas (W, 7-4). With one out, 2B Nick Urbanus singled to center field. Urbanus scored on a 3B Drew Robinson RBI double to right-center field, putting Hickory up, 1-0, right away.
The 'Dads added to their lead with a run in the second inning. LF Jhonny Gomez singled on a low line drive to center field to start the stanza. Gomez then reached third base after a single from DH Kevin Torres and a fielder's choice off the bat of RF Jordan Akins. SS Rougned Odor plated Gomez on an RBI base hit to right field, boosting Hickory's lead to 2-0.
The Shorebirds (4-10, 32-51) tied the game in the top of the fourth inning against LHP Victor Payano. After LF Connor Narron walked, DH Michael Ohlman hit a two-run home run to knot the score at 2-2.
Hickory regained a two-run cushion in the fifth inning. With two out, C Jorge Alfaro singled and CF Chris Grayson followed with a walk, extending the inning. Gomez then drove a two-run double to the left-field corner, as the Crawdads moved back into the lead, 4-2.
However, the Shorebirds came from behind and took their first lead of the game in the top of the sixth inning. LF Connor Narron led off with a single, before Ohlman followed with a walk, and then the bases were loaded after a free pass drawn by 1B Wynston Sawyer. A wild pitch from RHP Arlett Mavare (L, 3-4) enabled Narron to race in, as all three runners advanced ninety feet. After C Adam Davis was hit by a pitch to reload the bases, the Shorebirds plated two runs on a fielder's choice and an error. SS Mychal Givens bounced a grounder to first, but 1B Trever Adams fired wide of home plate, allowing two runs to score for the 5-4 Delmarva lead.
The Shorebirds added their final tally when a balk forced in a runner in the top of the eighth, while Delmarva RHP Devin Jones (S, 3) logged four scoreless relief innings to close the 6-4 win for Delmarva.
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The series continues with Friday Night Fireworks, presented by Hickory Trace Village and The Big Dawg 92.1FM, after this Friday's 7 p.m. game against the Shorebirds! Friday will also feature the Piggy Bank Giveaway, with the first 500 fans with a paid admission receiving FREE Piggy Banks, courtesy of Mumy Financial. Also, it will be Texas Rangers Night, so wear Rangers gear for a Half Off Ticket! Gates open at 6 p.m.
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Individual Tickets for all Crawdads home games are available right now at Hickorycrawdads.com or by calling (828) 322-3000! Group outings, corporate partnerships, Levine Children's Hospital Claw Club memberships and Ticket Books for the 20th Anniversary Season are also available right now by calling the Front Office at (828) 322-3000.