The Hickory Crawdads fell to the Augusta GreenJackets by a final score of 3-2 on Monday night. Hickory ended the night with only four-hits for the third time in the last four games. In addition, in the last five games, Hickory has lost four of those and each of those losses, the Crawdads have had four hits or fewer.
In the first inning, Hickory quickly got on the board thanks to fundamental baseball. Matt Whatley reached base to start the game on an infield hit. He advanced to 2nd base on a groundout, then moved to 3rd base on a wild pitch. Tyreque Reed came up and grounded out to score Whatley and make it 1-0 Hickory.
The Jackets had their response in the 3rd inning off Hickory starter Abdiel Mendoza. With two outs, and Diego Rincones and Frankie Tostado aboard, Franklin Labour doubled off the wall to drive in both runners and give Augusta a 2-1 advantage. But Hickory responded in the 4th inning. A sacrifice fly for Melvin Novoa tied the score at four.
The Augusta offense though received a big hit from heir middle of the order bat Tostado. An RBI single scored Simon Whiteman, and the Jackets were back out in front at 3-2. Whiteman finishes with three hits. Toplikar gave the Jackets a lift on the mound. He ends his night after six-innings, and he allows only two runs. Preston White retired all six batters he faced out of the bullpen, and it was Peter Lannoo with the save to give the Jackets a one-run win.
Hickory falls to 26-17 on the second half of the season. They will be off on Wednesday and return home Thursday to face the Charleston RiverDogs.