Crawdads starter Akeem Bostick and Legends starter Luis Santos got hooked up in a dandy pitching dual in the rubber game of this three-game series. Bostick retired 11 straight during one stretch; Santos sat down 16 consecutive 'Dads from the first through the sixth innings.
The Crawdads (9-10) grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Travis Demeritte lead off the inning with a walk, Nick Vickerson had a sacrifice bunt, and Ronald Guzman reached on an infield single, putting runners at first and third with one out. Demeritte scored the game's first run on a wild pitch; Lewis Brinson plated Guzman on a check swing, RBI single to right field.
The Legends trimmed the lead with an unearned run in the top of the sixth. The Crawdads had a chance to break the game open in the bottom of the seventh.
They loaded the bases with nobody out, but a Kevin Torres pop out and a double play ball by Eduard Pinto squelched the rally.
The Legends finally broke through with four runs in the eighth against Hickory's bullpen. Relievers Ricardo Rodriguez and Abel De Los Santos were touched up for four runs in the in the inning. The big blast came from 19-year-old Lexington outfielder Elier Hernandez, who hit his first home run of the year, a three-run shot over the right field wall that made it, 5-2.
Bostick earned a no-decision for his solid work on the mound. The right-hander went a season-high 5.1 innings, allowing an unearned run on four hits, with no walks and a strikeout. Santos (2-0) earned the win after he held the 'Dads to two runs on four hits, a walk, with five strikeouts over seven innings.
Rodriguez (1-1) suffered the loss in relief. He gave up three runs on three hits in just over an inning of work. Lexington reliever Jose Rodriguez picked up his second save with two scoreless innings of work.
Brinson led the Crawdads going 2-4 with an RBI. Guzman and Nomar Mazara both went 1-4 in the loss.
The Crawdads wrap up the homestand with a four-game series against Greensboro starting Thursday night at 7 p.m.
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