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Sunday, 04 May 2014 21:59

Crawdads Fail to Win Third in a Row, Lose at Kannapolis

Torres has 1-4 night, with double and RBI Torres has 1-4 night, with double and RBI Hickory Crawdads

A Hickory Crawdads offense that had put up 13 runs on 20 hits while winning the last two games was shut down Sunday night in Kannapolis, as Intimidators starting pitcher Tyler Danish led the way to a 3-1 'Dads loss at CMC-NorthEast Stadium.

Danish entered the game with the best ERA in the South Atlantic League at 1.04, a number that would go down after shutting out the Crawdads on just one hit over six innings pitched. Danish was perfect over the first four innings of the game, as the 6'0" right-hander didn't allow a single base runner until Nomar Mazara walked to start the 5th.

The Hickory pitching staff held their own in the low scoring affair, with Cole Wiper, Ricardo Rodriguez, and Josh McElwee combining to keep the Intimidators to three runs on nine hits, eight of them singles. The Crawdads bats couldn't produce until the 9th however, as Kevin Torres' 2-out, RBI double to center broke up the shutout but proved too little too late.

The Intimidators were able to strike for an early run off of Wiper in the first, stringing together three singles to take a 1-0 lead. That score would stand all the way until the 5th, when Kannapolis finally got some breathing room with two runs off of Rodriguez to push their advantage to 3-0.

Danish (3-0) earned the win with his dominant performance, while Wiper (1-4) was saddled with the loss after allowing one run on seven hits over 3.2 innings pitched. Kannapolis reliever David Putman earned his first save of the season despite losing the shutout by allowing a run in the 9th.

Torres finished the night 1-4 with a double and a RBI. Travis Demeritte (1-2) and Nick Urbanus (1-3) picked up the other two Hickory hits in the game.

Despite the loss, the Crawdads (14-14) still lead the series over the Intimidators (15-15) two games to one. The 'Dads will go for the series win over their in-state rival on Monday, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm.

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