Written by Staff Reports
Monday, 17 June 2013 07:31
The Hickory Crawdads came into Sunday night's game against the Delmarva Shorebirds needing a win on the last day of the first half to clinch the Northern Division title. The normally potent Hickory lineup
was held in check however, and the 9th inning rally came up just short in the 'Dads 4-2 loss to the Shorebirds.
Delmarva starting pitcher Parker Bridwell pitched the game of his professional career, going 8 shutout innings while allowing only two hits and no walks while striking out 10. It wasn't until the 9th that the righty ran out of gas and the 'Dads rallied.
Down 4-0 to start the frame, Luis Marte led things off with a ground ball single up the middle to put the leadoff man aboard for Hickory. That was enough to end Bridwell's night, as Delmarva manager Luis Pujols brought in reliever Dennis Torres to try to close the door.
Torres retired his first batter with Nick Vickerson grounding out to second, but Joey Gallo followed with an RBI double to right to score Marte and cut the 'Dads deficit to 4-1. DH Nick Williams kept the rally going with an RBI triple off the wall in center which plated Gallo and made the score 4-2.
That brought up slugger Ryan Rua, who represented the tying run with a man at third and only one out. The Hickory come back stopped there though, as Torres struck out Rua and got Jorge Alfaro to ground out to end the game at 4-2.
Gallo (1-4, 2B, RBI) and Williams (1-4, 3B, RBI) joined Marte (1-3, R) and Alfaro (1-4) as Crawdads batters with a hit in the game.
Bridwelll (4-6) earned the win for his dominating performance, finishing the night with eight innings pitched and one run allowed on three hits. Hickory starting pitcher Andrew Faulkner (2-1) took the loss after allowing three runs on six hits during his five innings pitched.
The Crawdads end the first half of the season with a 39-31 record, finishing a half game behind Hagerstown in the Northern Division. Delmarva wraps up the half with a 30-37 mark. The 'Dads will be off for the next three days for the SAL All-Star game. The club will kick off the second half of the season on Thursday, with a 7:00 pm game against the Greensboro Grasshoppers.
NOTES: The Crawdads will have the next three days off due to the SAL All-Star game, which will feature 6 'Dads on the Northern Division roster. The 'Dads will kick off the second half of the season back at L.P. Frans stadium for a 4-game series against the Greensboro Grasshoppers on Thursday....Individual Tickets for all Crawdads home games are available right now at Hickorycrawdads.com 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.