That loud celebratlon you heard Friday night at L. P. Frans Stadium came from the West Virginia Power. The Power, which had lost nine consecutive games to the Hickory Crawdads this season came to an
end with a 6-1 win.
For the third time in this series, the Power (36-67 overall; 16-19 second half of the South Atlantic League season) jumped out to an early lead. But unlike the last two nights, this time they made it stick. The loss drops Hickory (60-44; 19-16) four games behind Greensboro for first place in the Northern Division of the SAL. The Grasshoppers beat Asheville 7-1 Friday night.
The Power parlayed a pair of two out walks, a balk, and a two-run single off losing pitcher Frank Lopez (3-3) into a 2-0 first-inning lead. The Power added to its lead with a run in the third; Edwin Espinal hit a solo home run in the fourth that gave West Virginia a 4-0 advantage.
West Virginia stretched it lead with two more runs in the top of the sixth. Nomar Mazara finally got Hickory on the board with a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth. It was his 17th of the season and moves him into second place in the SAL behind teammate Travis Demeritte, who leads the league with 19 long balls.
Power starting pitcher Devydas Neverauskas (5-9) earned the win with one of his best outings of the season. The Lithuanian right-hander held the 'Dads to a run on four hits. He did walk four, but he struck out five over seven innings. Lopez, pitching in his first game since May 16, gave up two runs on one hit, with two walks, and three strikeouts.
Michael De Leon and Mazara were Hickory's most productive hitters Friday night. De Leon was 2-3 with a walk; Mazara was 2-4 with his solo home run. The Crawdads also left seven men on base, including four in scoring position.
The Delmarva Shorebirds come to town for a four-game series beginning tonight at 7:00 p.m.
Crawdads @ Home: The Crawdads are at L.P. Frans Stadium for four more games on the home stand through Tuesday, July 29th! Don't miss out on some of the great upcoming promotions, including Craw-toberfest/Backpack Giveaway (7/26), Christmas in July (7/27), and Make-A-Difference Monday (7/28)! TICKETS
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