The Hickory Crawdads suffered their sixth consecutive loss Wednesday night. Despite a game-tying, three-run homer by Kellin Deglan, Lexington prevailed 10-7 in 14 innings at L.P. Frans Stadium.
The 14-inning marathon lasted four-hour, and 36 minutes. The teams combined for 38 hits, the most in a Hickory game this year. The 'Dads also allowing a season-high 22 hits to the Legends. And their six-game losing streak ties a season high for futililty.
Trailing 7-4 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Deglan blasted his 14th home run of the year that tied the game at 7-7 and forced extra innings. Hickory had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the tenth, but left the bases loaded.
The Legends finally broke through in the top of the 14th with three runs against losing pitcher Jose Valdespina (2-1) for a 10-7 lead. The 'Dads threatened in the bottom of the 14th.
They had the tying run at the plate, but Joe Jackson flied out to center field to end the game.
It was a frustrating loss for the Crawdads, who trailed the entire game. A pair of Hickory errors handed Lexington a 3-0 lead in the top of the first. The Crawdads got one back with a run-scoring ground out by Deglan in the bottom of the first.
The Legends increased their lead with a run in the fourth and two more in the sixth for a 6-1 lead. Ronald Guzman's two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth made it 6-3; Travis Demeritte's RBI single in the bottom of the eighth made it 6-4.
Lexington came back with a single tally of its own in the top of the ninth for a 7-4 advantage. That also set the stage for Deglan's game-saving 14th home run in the bottom of the ninth.
Legends reliever Alex Black (3-1) got the win after initially blowing the save in the ninth. The right-hander gave up three runs on five hits with six walks, and seven strikeouts over five innings.
Offensively, Deglan was 1-4 with four RBI; both Ryan Cordell and Janluis Castro each had three hits apiece.
The 'Dads will try to right the ship on the road as they start a four-game series in Rome against the Braves Thursday night at 7:05 p.m.
Crawdads Hit the Road: The 'Dads will head to Rome, GA for a 4-game series against the Braves Thursday through Sunday. The Crawdads will be back at home on Tuesday, July 15th for a 3-game home stand vs. the Lakewood BlueClaws! Tickets are on sale now for all three games as well as the rest of the Crawdads 2014 season! TICKETS
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Photo Courtesy: Kellin Deglan, Hickory Crawdads