The Hickory Crawdads pushed their winning streak to nine straight games with a little help from mother nature Sunday night. The 'Dads (35-27) scored two runs in the sixth shortly before the rain poured down and ended the game for a 4-2 Hickory win against West Virginia. The Power has lost seven in a row.
The Crawdads entered the sixth in a 2-2 tie with the Power (20-42) before Ryan Cordell put the Crawdads on top with a fielder's choice RBI; Ronald Guzman padded the lead with a run-scoring double. Two batters later, Janluis Castro's at-bat was cut short by the rain.
Following a 31-minute rain delay, the game was officially called to give the Crawdads the victory. The win completes a perfect home stand for Hickory, as the Crawdads won all seven games while sweeping both Charleston and West Virginia. The 'Dads nine-game win streak is now just one away from the franchise record of ten straight victories from July 17-26 in 2007.
Prior to the rain-shortened ending, the Crawdads took a 2-0 lead in the second on back-to-back RBI singles by Guzman and Travis Demeritte to score Nomar Mazara and Cordell. West Virginia responded with onsecutive solo home runs by Harold Ramirez and Edwin Espinal in the fourth inning to tie the game at 2-2.
Joe Jackson started the Hickory rally in the sixth inning with a single to left field, followed by a single by Mazara that sent Jackson to third and set up Cordell and Guzman for their game-winning at bats.
Crawdads starting pitcher Chad Bell (2-0) came away with the complete-game victory in the rain shortened contest. The left-handed held the Power to two runs on four hits, a walk and four strikeouts.
Guzman was 2-3 with a double and two RBI, Demeritte went 1-2 with an RBI and a walk, Codell ended the night 0-1 with a RBI, a walk, and two runs scored. Jackson went 1-3 with a run scored to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.
The Crawdads open a seven-game road trip to conclude the first half of the season beginning tonight with a three game series at Delmarva at 7:05 p.m.
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