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Monday, 03 June 2013 07:53

A well-pitched and tightly contested rubber match between the Hickory Crawdads and Rome Braves ended up being decided by an error, as a two-run miscue in the fifth proved to be the difference in the 'Dads 3-1 loss to the Braves Sunday afternoon at State Mutual Stadium.
Starting pitchers Luis Parra of the Crawdads and Wes Parsons of the Braves each brought their A-game to the mound, with the two hurlers pitching to a 1-1 tie heading into the bottom of the fifth. The Braves led off the frame with back-to-back singles from Casey Kalenkosky and Joey Meneses, but Parra answered with a strikeout and fly out to bring up Rome shortstop Ronald Luna with two on and two out.
Parra got Luna to ground to Hickory shortstop Nick Urbanus, but the normally sure-handed infielder overthrew the ball into right field, allowing both Kalenkosky and Menses to score and giving the Braves a 3-1 lead.
The Crawdads offense had several opportunities to score more runs as well, but left men on base in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings. The lone Hickory run came in the third, when second baseman Nick Vickerson drove in Lewis Brinson from third with an RBI sacrifice fly to tie the game at 1-1.
Third baseman Joey Gallo had a good game in the loss, going 2-4 with a triple and a stolen base. Brinson also had a multi-hit game, finishing the day 2-4 with a run scored.
Parsons (1-2) picked up the win for Rome with one run allowed on five hits, one walk and five strikeouts over five innings pitched. Parra (0-1) was the hard luck loser for the 'Dads, as the lefty pitched a season-high seven innings and allowed three runs, one earned, on five hits, no walks and four Ks. Braves closer Shae Simmons (15) remained perfect in save opportunities with a 1-2-3 ninth.
The Crawdads (30-25) remain only one game back of first place Hagerstown in the SAL North Division while the Braves (30-14) remain three games back of Charleston in the South Division. The 'Dads have an off day Monday before starting a 3-game home stand against the Lakewood Blue Claws on Tuesday at 7:00 pm.
NOTES: The Crawdads are returning home on Tuesday, June 4th for a 3-game series against the Lakewood Blue Claws. Tuesday is Salute to Silliness Night Wednesday is Unemployment Night and Thursday is Outfitters Uniforms and Shoes Night along with Thirsty Thursday....Individual Tickets for all Crawdads home games are available right now at or by calling (828) 322-3000!  Group outings, corporate partnerships, Buffalo Wild Wings Claw Club memberships and Ticket Books are also available right now by calling the Front Office at (828) 322-3000.

Photo Courtesy: David Lyon, Hickory Crawdads

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