|Walk Off Hit Drops 'Dads|
|Written by Staff Reports|
|Sunday, 30 June 2013 09:07|
The Hickory Crawdads and Charleston RiverDogs both brought their "A" games to the mound Saturday night, as the two clubs played to a 1-1 tie through the first eight innings. Extra innings were not in the cards however, as Charleston's ninth place hitter Aaron Gates broke up the tie with a 2-out, RBI single to right in the 9th
to hand the 'Dads a 2-1 loss at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park.
C.J. Edwards of the Crawdads and Cesar Vargas of the RiverDogs battled each other early, with each starting pitcher putting up zeros over the first four frames. It wasn't until the bottom of the fifth when Charleston finally broke through, with shortstop Cito Culver driving in the first run of the game on an RBI double to put the 'Dogs up 1-0.
The 'Dads immediately answered back in the top of the sixth, with Nick Vickerson and Ronald Guzman lining back-to-back doubles to tie the game at 1-1.
Following that volley of offense both teams would go quite again, as the bullpens settled into the game. Derek Varnadore and Ben Paullus kept the Hickory lineup in check over the next three innings, while Jose Monegro was great in his 2013 Crawdads debut with three perfect innings to keep the game tied going into the ninth.
In the bottom of the ninth the 'Dads called upon lefty reliever Joe Burns to try to get the game to extras. Burns battled himself all inning, with two walks and a hit batter mixed in with a fly out and a caught steeling to set up a two on, two out situation for Gates. The right fielder worked a 2-2 count before lining a ball inside the right field line to score Danny Oh from second and give the RiverDogs the 2-1 win.
Burns (2-2) took the loss for the 'Dads for allowing the ninth inning run, while Paullus (4-2) earned the win for the 'Dogs for his two shutout innings in relief. Offensively, Guzman was the only Crawdad with a multi-hit game, finishing 2-4 with an RBI double. Vickerson also had a good night going 1-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored while Akins finished 1-4 with a double as well.
The loss drops the Crawdads to 6-4 in the second half while the RiverDogs improve to 5-5 with the victory. The 'Dads will go for the 4-game split on Sunday, with a 5:05 pm first pitch scheduled from the "Joe".
NOTES:The Crawdads did not hit a homer tonight, so their home run total for the season stands at 116. The single-season Crawdad record is 135 home runs while the SAL record stands at 173....The Crawdads will stay on the road for another four days, with one last game against the RiverDogs on Sunday and three against the SandGnats from Monday through Wednesday. The 'Dads return home for a 4-game series against Kannapolis starting July 4th! Make sure to pick up your Independence Day tickets now....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.
Photo Courtesy: C.J. Edwards, Hickory Crawdads
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