The Hickory Crawdads avoided a four-game sweep by knocking off Greensboro 10-4 Monday night at NewBridge Bank Park. The Crawdads (58-43 overall; 17-15 second half of the South Atlantic League season), took out their frustrations by scoring seven times in the sixth inning. Joe Jackson had the big blow in the frame
with a three-run triple.
The win also leaves Hickory four games behind Greensboro (65-37; 21-11) for first place in the Northern Division of the SAL. The 'Dads had been held to eight runs in the first three games in this series.
The Crawdads sent 10 men to the plate in the sixth. And the 'Dads broke things open against the Greensboro bullpen. Sidearm right-hander C.J. Robinson (5-2) coughed up seven runs in just 0.2 innings. The first five Crawdads reached safely to start the frame.
Trailing 3-0, Janluis Castro singled and Michael De Leon walked, putting runners on at first and second with nobody out. Evan Van Hoosier and Nomar Mazara got Hickory on the board as they each prpduced an RBI single that made it 3-2. Kellin Deglan singled reloading the bases forJackson, who lined a one-out, bases clearing, three-run triple into the left-center field that gave the Crawdads a 6-3 lead. Castro closed out the scoring with his second hit of the inning, an RBI double to right field that scored Ronald Guzman.
The 'Dads added to their lead with a run in the seventh on an RBI single by Deglan; Hickory finished things off with two runs in the top of the ninth. Beras crushed an opposite field, two-run home run to right field.
Six total Crawdads had a multi-hit games, led by Jackson who went 2-5 with a triple, three RBI, and a run scored. Castro put together a perfect night at the plate going 3-3 with a double, an RBI, a run scored and a walk; Beras was 2-5 with his fifth home run of the year, a double, and two RBI. The Crawdads pounded out 14 hits.
The Grasshoppers jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Brian Anderson's two-run double in the first inning, and J.T. Riddle's run-scoring double in the second. Felix Munoz had an RBI single in the eighth.
David Ledbetter (4-4) settled down after his rocky start and got the win. He retired nine-consecutive batters through the fifth to keep the Crawdads in contention. The Crawdads have the day off-day today; they begin a seven-game home stand Wednesday night against the West Virginia Power at 7:00 p.m.
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