|Crawdads crush Power, 11-5|
|Written by Staff Reports|
|Wednesday, 13 July 2011 06:51|
The 1st-Half Northern Division Champion Hickory Crawdads hit a season-high four home runs, including two from 1B Andrew Clark, en route to the 11-5 drubbing of the West Virginia Power before 2,127 fans at Appalachian Power Park on Tuesday night.The Crawdads (52-35, 12-7) got the offense going right away, plating five runs in the top of the first against losing pitcher Trent Stevenson (0-3). Jurickson Profar led off with a solo home run, Teodoro Martinez drove a double to left-center, and Tomas Telis followed with a two-run shot that gave the 'Dads a 3-0 lead. Hickory kept swinging away in the first, with a one-out double by Josh Richmond and a walk to Jake Skole, putting two runners on. Richmond moved to third on a wild pitch and Skole stole second base.Christian Villanueva plated both runners with a two-run single making it 5-0.
West Virginia (41-46, 6-13) picked up a run in the bottom of the first against Matt Thompson, but the Crawdads came right back in the top of the second. With one on and two outs, Clark belted his first bomb of the game giving Hickory a 7-1 advantage.
The Power picked up singles runs, thanks to a wild pitch in the second and a solo home run by Cole White in the third making it 7-3. And West Virginia pulled within two runs of tying the game on Rogelio Noris two-run homer against winning pitcher Ben Henry (3-0) in the fifth.
But a four-run explosion by the Crawdads in the top of sixth settled the issue. Odubel Herrera led off with a single and swiped second base. Two outs later, Teodoro Martinez drove in Herrera with an RBI double. Martinez stole third base, and he scored on an RBI single by Telis to make it 9-5. Clark added the finishing touch by crushing his second home run of the game, a two-run shot that gave the Crawdads a commanding 11-5 lead.
Jimmy Reyes dealt a scoreless sixth; Yoon-Hee Nam threw a scoreless seventh and eighth innings, and Colby Killian closed things out with a scoreless ninth.
NOTES: The Crawdads continue their road trip on Wednesday vs. the Power at 7:05 p.m. The Crawdads will return home on Wed., July 20 to kick off a seven-game homestand with Redneck Night against the Greensboro Grasshoppers. First Pitch is at 7 p.m., gates open at 6 p.m.
It will also be Guaranteed WINsday, with all fans in attendance receiving a FREE ticket to a future game this season if the 'Dads don't win. Also, July 20 will be another Conrad's Self-Esteem Wednesday. Say the words "Conrad's Self-Esteem" at the Ticket Office and get a Half Off Ticket to the game, with $2 going to Catawba Valley Behavioral Healthcare. Also, Wednesday is Unemployment Night - show your NCESC-issued debit card or online statement for four free tickets to the game.
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