The Hickory Crawdads rallied for two in the bottom of the eighth and dealt the Delmarva Shorebirds a 2-1 loss Monday afternoon at L.P. Frans Stadium.
With the Shorebirds up 1-0 in the eighth, Yohel Pozo led off and got hit by a pitch. Brallan Perez laid down a sac bunt to advance Pozo to second and bring up Elio Castillo. Castillo lined one up the middle past pitcher Matt Trowbridge and into center. Pozo raced home and got there at the same time as the throw from Cole Billingsley in center. On a bang-bang play, Pozo was called safe and the Crawdads tied the game.
Castillo went to second on the throw home and got to third on a wild pitch. After Eric Jenkins walked, Trowbridge got the hook and Steven Klimek came in from the 'pen. Blaine Prescott came up and ripped a sharp grounder to third. Collin Woody had trouble with the grounder and managed to get Prescott at first base, but Castillo came around to score and the Crawdads took a 2-1 lead.
Christian Torres (1-1) handled a 1-2-3 ninth for the win; he pitched two perfect innings in relief and struck out three. Trowbridge (1-3) blew his second save of the year, giving up two runs on a hit, a walk, a hit batsman, and a strikeout in the loss.
The Crawdads needed just three hits in the winning effort. Castillo led the way by going 1-for-3 with the game-tying RBI and game-winning run. On the day after he won it with a walkoff home run and minutes after being named SAL Player of the Week, Prescott picked up the game-winning RBI.
The first part of the game was a relentless pitchers' duel between the Shorebirds' Alex Wells and the Crawdads' Walker Weickel. Former first-rounder Weickel tossed seven innings of one-run, five hit ball while walking one and striking out six. The run in the fifth was the first he had given up in 18.1 innings.
Hickory improves to 12-7 on the second half of the season. The Crawdads will go on the road tomorrow to take on the Asheville Tourists.