|Brinson Homers, Suns Edge Crawdads|
|Written by Staff Reports|
|Saturday, 20 July 2013 09:41|
The Hickory Crawdads and Hagerstown Suns had played each other neck and neck all season long, with the two teams splitting their first 12 games going into Friday night's final matchup of the year for the two rivals. With the 3-game series and the season series in the balance it was the Suns who emerged victorious, as the 'Dads
lost 8-2 in front of 3,773 fans at Crawdads Stadium. The game started off close, with a 2-run homer by Suns center fielder Narciso Mesa in the third standing as the only runs through the first four innings. Hagerstown was able to pull away in the middle innings however, plating two in the fifth and three in the sixth to take a 7-0 lead.
The Suns took advantage of several walks and an untimely error to build their advantage. Crawdads starting pitcher Connor Sadzeck walked three while allowing the two fifth inning tallies, before center fielder Lewis Brinson began the sixth with an error making two of the three Hagerstown runs in the frame unearned.
Suns starting pitcher Kylin Turnbull meanwhile held the Crawdads offense in check over the first six innings. Brinson was able to break up the shutout in the seventh when he lined a solo home run to left to cut the score to 7-1. The long ball was the 17th of the year for Brinson and the 134th of the season for the 'Dads.
Following a Suns run in the top of the eighth, Hickory finished the scoring in the bottom of the frame when Ronald Guzman doubled in Nick Vickerson to make the score 8-2.
Guzman finished the night 2-3 with a double and an RBI, while Brinson went 1-4 with his solo blast. Turnbull (4-2) earned the win for his six shutout innings while Sadzeck (9-3) took the loss after allowing six runs, five earned, on six hits over 5.1 innings pitched.
With the loss the Crawdads (16-11) fall a half game behind the Suns (17-11) in the SAL Northern Division. The 'Dads will look to get back in the win column on Saturday when they start a 4-game series against the Charleston RiverDogs at 7:00 pm.
NOTES: Lewis Brinson's solo homer tonight raises the Crawdads season long ball total to 134. The single-season Crawdad record is 135 home runs while the SAL record stands at 173.....The Crawdads continue their home stand Saturday night with Thundersticks Giveaway and RED OUT Night, Willy Wonka Night on Sunday July 21st, Social Media Night on Monday July 22nd and Christmas in July and Dollar Night on Tuesday July 23rd! Check out the entire Crawdads promotional schedule here....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: Lewis Brinson, Hickory Crawdads
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