'Dads Thompson allows five runs in Delmarva loss
After trailing 5-0 in the second inning, a Hickory Crawdads' rally fell just short.
Delmarva (6-8) held on to a 5-4 lead heading into the eighth inning of Wednesday's South Atlantic League contest against Hickory (8-6), when rain began to pour.
Officials called the game after seven complete innings, allowing the Shorebirds to survive the rally and a sweep on the road against the Crawdads.
Hickory starting pitcher Matt Thompson (3-5, 4.42) struggled in his short outing on Wednesday. Thompson pitched 1.1 innings.
Thompson walked five Delmarva batters, gave up two hits and five earned runs in the second inning.
Alejandro Selen began the Crawdads rally in the bottom of the second inning in unorthodox fashion. Selen attempted to steal third base, but was caught in a rundown. He safely advanced to third base, but Jake Skole attempted the double steal at second base on the same play.
Skole was tagged out trying for his steal, but Selen took advantage of the chaos and slid across home plate safely to cut into the Shorebirds' lead.
Crawdads' relief pitcher Colby Killian worked well through 2.2 innings on the mound.
However, Killian ran into a bases loaded jam in the top of the fifth inning, giving up two straight hits and a walk.
Third basemen Christian Villanueva made a great double play in the inning by stepping on third base on a ground ball and throwing to catcher Yefry Castillo for another out at home plate. That play erased two runners in scoring position, and Killian struck out Adam Gaylord to end the inning.
A two-RBI single by Odubel Herrera in the bottom of the fifth with one out whittled Delmarva's lead down to just two runs, 5-3. Jake Skole and Jonathan Roof scored on the play.
Continuing their frantic rally in the bottom of the seventh inning, Villanueva doubled and scored Roof. Villanueva advanced to third base with two outs, but Josh Richmond struck out to keep the Shorebirds ahead, 5-4.
A rain delay in the top of the eighth inning at 9:31 p.m. ended Hickory's chances at a victory, as the game was called due to severe weather.
Hickory opens up a four-game homestand with Lexington on Thursday at 7 p.m. at L.P. Frans Stadium.
The Crawdads and Legends play Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday before hitting the road on Tuesday.