After a 46-minute rain delay before the first pitch, the Hickory Crawdads fell to the Hagerstown Suns, 17-1, before 287 fans at Municipal Stadium on Friday.
After the delay, the Suns (10-6) started off on fire, scoring nine runs against RHP Carlos Melo (L, 2-1) and RHP Braden Tullis in the first two frames, leaping out in front, 9-0. Hagerstown continued the torrid pace with four more in the third, two in the fourth and two more in the sixth, taking a 17-0 lead.
Hagerstown RHP Taylor Jordan (W, 4-0) dealt the first 4.2 innings perfectly, before LF Jhonny Gomez and 3B Jonathan Roof came up with back-to-back singles to break up the bid for perfection. The Crawdads (11-5) then broke up the shutout, getting on the board against LHP Chad Jenkins in the eighth inning.
SS Edwin Garcia and CF Teodoro Martinez hit consecutive singles to start the inning, and both advanced to third and second, respectively, on a groundout by 2B Odubel Herrera. DH Tomas Telis then placed an RBI single to shallow right field, plating Garcia from third and getting Hickory on the board. The base hit also extended Telis's RBI streak to six straight games.
The Crawdads utilized six relievers in the contest, while Hagerstown RHP Matt Swynenberg dealt a scoreless ninth inning to close the 17-1 win for the Suns.
NOTES: The Crawdads wrap up the series in Hagerstown on Saturday at 6:35 p.m. The 'Dads return home for a nine-game homestand on Monday, April 25 against the Augusta GreenJackets! It will be 2-for-1 Senior Night with bingo! Also, all kids get to eat for free with a ticket purchase. First Pitch is 7 p.m., gates open at 6 p.m.