Bumgarner Strong In Return.....

SAN DIEGO - Madison Bumgarner, who has been sidelined since April 20 with a shoulder injury following a dirt bike accident, threw seven strong innings Saturday night against the San Diego Padres in a 5-2 loss at Petco Park.

Bumgarner went seven innings and threw 102 pitches. He gave up three earned runs with five strikeouts and two walks. Hector Sanchez wins it for the Padres with a walk-off, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.

 

CRAWDADS FALL TO GREENVILLE....

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Bobby Dalbec’s seventh-inning grand slam carried Greenville (S.C.) past visiting Hickory 7-4 on Saturday night in South Atlantic League (SAL) baseball.

Dalbec’s third home run of the season broke a 3-all tie that the Crawdads (40-53, 13-10 second half) had gained by scoring three runs in the top of the seventh inning.

Despite losing, Hickory holds onto the lead in the SAL’s Northern Division, by a half-game, over idle Hagerstown (Md.).

Greenville (52-39, 11-11) is in fourth place in the Southern Division, five games back of Charleston, W. Va.

The Crawdads and Drive have two more games in this series, on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. and on Monday at 11:05 a.m.

Hickory scored three runs in its seventh-inning at-bat, an inning that include Drive pitchers throwing four wild pitches.

Alex Kowalczyk led off the seventh for the Crawdads with a walk. He was on third after two wild pitches and Anderson Tejeda singled for a run. After a wild pitch scored a second run, Elio Castillo’s single tied it at 3.

Tejeda, Charles Leblanc and Blaine Prescott each had two hits to lead Hickory, which had eight.

Tyler Hill and Steven Reveles each went 2-for-4 for the Drive, which had seven hits.

Dalbec got to the plate in the game-deciding seventh inning after Lorenzo Cedrola was hit by a pitch, Santiago Espinal singled, Tyler Hill singled and the Crawdads threw out a runner to keep the game at 3-3. Dalbec then hit his grand slam.

Matthew Gorst (5-3) got a win for Greenville, going 2 1/3 innings. He allowed two hits, one run (earned), walked two and struck out three.

Reliever Joseph Kuzia (1-1) went 2 1/3 innings and took the loss for Hickory after he gave up five hits, five runs (all earned). He walked none and struck out one.

The game drew 5,403 fans and took three hours, five minutes to complete.

The loss was the third in four games for the Crawdads, who have a seven-game homestand once they complete the series in Greenville.

After being off on Tuesday, Hickory starts a series with Asheville on Wednesday night. After three games with the Tourists, the Drive comes to Hickory for a four-game series.

 

POSTON MAKES THE CUT....

ILVIS, Ill. – J.T. Poston got off to a good start on Saturday, with a birdie at each of the first three holes, en route to a round of 69 as he made the cut at the John Deere Classic.

Poston, a golfing star at Hickory High and Western Carolina who is a PGA Tour rookie, is at 68-69-69—206 and tied with 12 other golfers for 44th place.

The final round of the tournament is Sunday, and Poston snapped a streak of having missed the cut four straight times and in five of his six previous outings.

He is playing his 24th PGA Tour event and has now made the cut 16 times as he approaches $600,000 in earning this season.

Poston hit the turn at 33 on Saturday after those three birdies. He had a bogey at No. 8 on the front nine.

On the back nine, Poston birdied No. 10 and No. 17 and had a bogey at No. 11 and 15 to close with a 36.

For the tournament, he has 14 birdies and has bogeyed seven holes.

Patrick Rodgers continues to lead the Deere Classic at 65-64-68—197. He’s 16-under par and up by two strokes on Daniel Berger and Scott Stallings.

 

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