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Shorebirds Hand Crawdads Fourth Consecutive Loss PDF Print
Written by Staff Reports   
Sunday, 15 July 2012 08:22

The Hickory Crawdads are in a funk and they can't find a way out. The Crawdads lost their fourth game in a row Saturday night thanks to a wild pitch that allowed the winning run to score in a 5-4 loss in the bottom of the 11th inning against the Delmarva Shorebirds at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury. Connor Narron lead-off the inning with a walk against

losing pitcher Santo Perez (2-8). Brenden Webb laid down a sacrifice bunt, Perez fielded the bunt and took it to first base himself, but then he tried to double up Narron at second base. Unfortunately, he made an  errant throw as he fired the ball into left field allowing Narron to take third base. Narron scored the winning run moments later on a wild pitch to win the game.
The loss also knocked the Crawdads out of first place in the North Division of the South Atlantic League and into a second-place tie with Lakewood. Hagerstown jumped into first place by knocking off Lexington 9-4 Saturday night; the Suns own a one-game lead on Lakewood and the Crawdads. Lakewood defeated Savannah, 8-1. West Virginia is in fourth, two games back. The Power outlasted Augusta, 8-6.
It was a disappointing loss for the Crawdads (14-9; 50-42) after they battled back from a 4-1 deficit. The Shorebirds (7-15, 35-56) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second, but Hickory came right back in the top of the third to tie the game. Nick Urbanus reached on an error to start the inning. He moved to second one out later when Jorge Alfaro was hit by a pitch.  Urbanus took third on a fly ball to right field, and he scored when Alfaro was in the midst of a run-down between first and second base after a pick off attempt, tying the game at 1-1.
Delmarva regained the lead with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.  An RBI single by Mikey Planeta gave the Shorebirds a 2-1 lead; a two-run single by Jerome Pena made it 4-1 But Hickory came charging back to tie the game in the top of the sixth. With two men on and one out, Kellin Deglan belted an RBI double to left-center field scoring Rougned Odor and moving Drew Robinson to third. Kevin Torres then dribbled a fielder's choice to the mound that pitcher David Baker of the Shorebirds fired home. The throw beat Robinson to the plate, but Robinson barrelled into catcher Wynston Sawyer, dislodging the ball. Not only was Robinson safe on the play, but Deglan came racing home as well tying the game at 4-4.
The hitting woes continue for the Crawdads. They only made five hits Saturday night, and they've only made 13 hits in their last three games. Deglan was Hickory's most productive hitter on Saturday going 2-5 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. The Crawdads are 1-4 on their eight-game road trip.
Crawdads Clippings:
The Crawdads continue an eight-game road trip on Sunday in Delmarva at 5:05 p.m.  Catch all the action live on Wednesday on Hickorycrawdads.com....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.
 

  
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