Wednesday, 09 August 2017 11:40

Hickory Crawdads Split Doubleheader with the Greensboro Grasshoppers

Alex Kowalczyk had four total hits in the two games Alex Kowalczyk had four total hits in the two games Hickory Crawdads

The Hickory Crawdads split a doubleheader Tuesday with the Greensboro Grasshoppers with identical 4-1 scores. Hickory won the first game while Greensboro won the nightcap.

In game one that Hickory won 4-1, Alex Kowalczyk had three hits and two RBI.

Hickory started the scoring in the first inning. After reaching base with two outs on an error, Andretty Cordero scored on a double by Kowalczyk.

After Hickory added three runs in the third, the Grasshoppers cut into the deficit in the fourth inning when Jared Barnes scored on an error.

Hickory southpaw Reiver Sanmartin (2-0) picked up the win after allowing one run on eight hits over five innings. Opposing starter Brandon Miller (0-2) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after a rough outing in which he allowed four runs and six hits over three innings. C.D. Pelham pitched two scoreless innings for his eighth save of the season.

In game two that the Crawdads lost 4-1, Max Duval tossed a two-hit complete game and Eric Gutierrez hit a three-run home run and drove in four.

Duval (1-0) picked up the win after he struck out seven while allowing one run.

After four scoreless innings, Greensboro got on the board in the top of the fifth when Gutierrez drew a bases-loaded walk, scoring Brian Miller.

After Greensboro added three runs in the seventh on a home run by Gutierrez, the Crawdads cut into the deficit in the seventh inning when Alex Kowalczyk hit an RBI single, bringing home Leody Taveras.

Reid Anderson (1-9) went 4 1/3 innings, allowing one run and three hits in the South Atlantic League game. He also struck out three and walked four.

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