Hickory 2B Rougned Odor belted a two-run bomb in the bottom of the ninth, but the Hickory Crawdads fell short, 9-6, against the Asheville Tourists, before 1,131 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium on Sunday evening. The Tourists (7-4) jumped on losing pitcher Will Lamb (0-1) with three runs
(one earned) in the top of the first inning. Delta Cleary, Jr. got things started as he reached on a throwing error by Lamb. He advanced to second base on a bunt single by Brian Humphries. He scored on David Kandilas's RBI double; Harold Riggins drove in a run with an RBI single, and a third run scored on Jared Simon's double play ball, making it 3-0.
The Crawdads (6-5) tied things up in the bottom of the third. Kellin Deglan sparked the offense with his first home run of the season, a solo shot over the right field wall. Drew Robinson reached on a single, and moved to second when when Luis Sardinas was hit by a pitch. Odor smacked an RBI single, plating Robinson and moving Sardinas to third. Sardinas then scored on Hanser Alberto's double-play ball to tie things up at 3-3.
But Asheville regained the lead with a run in the top of the fourth, and then plated four more runs in the seventh to break the game open. With one away in the top of the seventh and Asheville on top 4-3, Will Swanner doubled his way on. Jose Rivera drove in Swanner with an RBI single and advanced to second on a base hit by Cleary, Jr. Humphries followed with an RBI single, driving in Rivera and moving Cleary, Jr. to second base. Cleary, Jr. took third on a fly ball out to right field before he scored on a wild pitch that gave the Tourists a 7-3 lead. Humphries moved to second base on the play. One out later, Riggins drove in Humphries with an RBI single, making it 8-3.
The 'Dads picked up a run in the eighth. Alberto scored on an RBI grounder Kevin Torres. But the Tourists got that run back in the top of the ninth.
Odor's two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth made it 9-6, but Russell Brewer shut down things down for the Tourists to end the game. Kannapolis comes to town for a three-games series beginning Monday.
On Monday, the Crawdads are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their very first home game by offering FREE Grandstand Tickets to all fans! It will also be 2-for-1 Senior Night, presented by Kingston Residence, with bingo! First Pitch is 6 p.m., gates open at 5 p.m.....Tuesday is Dollar Day, presented by 1290 WHKY, during the 6 p.m. game against the Kannapolis Intimidators. All fans can buy one ticket and get a second grandstand ticket for just a buck! Also, nine other items around the ballpark will be just $1 each. Gates open at 5 p.m.....The 'Dads wrap up the series against Kannapolis on Wednesday at 6 p.m. It is Unemployment Night, presented by Manpower - present your NCESC-issued debit card or printed online statement at the Ticket Office for four FREE tickets to this game! Gates open at 5 p.m.
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.