Crawdads return to Frans, top River Dogs
The Crawdads returned from a four-game road trip to Georgia in style Wednesday.
Hickory's Matt Thompson (2-2) had a solid performance from the mound, picking up his second win of the season by allowing six hits, no runs and struck out seven Charleston batters in 5.1 innings pitched.
Offensively, right fielder Joshua Richmond led Hickory in the victory with two doubles and two RBIs on a 2-for-4 day.
Striking first in the bottom of the third inning, the Crawdads (25-20) scored three runs off of Charleston pitcher Shane Greene (2-4).
Catcher Kellin Deglan drew a leadoff walk and shortstop Jurickson Profar was hit by a pitch on the third at-bat of the inning. The bases were loaded with one out after Tomas Telis singled on the Hickory’s fourth at-bat of the third.
The first double by Richmond plated both Deglan and Profar to give the Crawdads a 2-0 lead.
One more run scored after Christian Villanueva sacrificed to center field to score Telis.
Thompson exited the game in the top of the sixth inning after allowing two singles to Charleston's J.R. Murphy and Kyle Roller.
Thompson was replaced by Joseph Van Meter, who was able to force a double play to keep the RiverDogs scoreless.
Charleston's Greene dodged a bases loaded situation in the bottom of the fourth by getting a key fly out to get out of the inning unscathed. Greene exited after five innings and was replaced by Nathan Forer.
The Hickory bullpen continued the night’s great pitching by allowing no hits and no runs in the final 3.2 innings. The RiverDogs were retired in order in final two innings by Van Meter and closer Ryan Rodebaugh.
Rodebaugh closed out the Crawdads' victory and earned the save by striking out the final two batters in the game.
The Crawdads and RiverDogs play the second of a three-game series tomorrow in Hickory at L.P. Frans Stadium.