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Sunday, 17 August 2014 23:17

Hickory Crawdads Snap Losing Streak

Kevin Torres has three hits in win Kevin Torres has three hits in win Hickory Crawdads

A scuffling Hickory Crawdads offense broke out Saturday night against the Delmarva Shorebirds, with the 'Dads pounding out 15 hits, including two home runs, en route to snapping their 6-game losing streak with a 6-2 win in front of a season-best crowd of 5,263 at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Five different Crawdad batters finished with a multi-hit game, led by Ronald Guzman who went 4-5 with his sixth home run of the year, a double, two RBI, and two runs scored. Kevin Torres (3-4, 2B, R) and Nick Urbanus (3-4) each posted three-hit games, while Jairo Beras (2-4, HR, RBI, R), and Michael De Leon (2-5, R) collected two hits apiece. All the offense backed up the best start of the season by 'Dads pitcher Tyler Smith, who tossed seven shutout innings on five hits, no walks, and five strikeouts.

In lieu of one big inning, the Hickory hitters spread their six runs out over five different frames, with the Crawdads scoring one run in the 2nd, two in the 3rd, and one in the 5th, 6th, and 7th. The first 'Dads tally came with a little help from the Shorebirds, as consecutive singles from Torres and Urbanus were followed by a fielding error by Delmarva All-Star third baseman Drew Dosch to allow Torres to score for a 1-0 Crawdads lead.

The 'Dads posted their lone multi-run inning in the 3rd, with a RBI sacrifice fly by Joe Jackson and a RBI single from Beras pushing the Hickory advantage to 3-0. The lead swelled to 5-0 after solo homers by Beras and Guzman in the 5th and 6th respectively, before Guzman came through again in the 8th with a RBI base knock to left for a 8-0 Crawdads advantage.

The Shorebirds got on the board in the top of the 9th with two runs on three hits against Hickory reliever Felix Carvallo, but Crawdads closer Jose Valdespina was able to close the door with a game-ending double play to give the 'Dads the 6-2 victory.

Smith (7-4) earned the win for his shutout performance, while Delmarva starter Bennett Parry (1-2) took the loss after allowing three runs, two earned, on eight hits, two walks, and three strikeouts over four innings pitched. Valdespina picked up his 5th save of the season after closing out the game.

The Crawdads (30-26) will try to earn a four-game split against the Shorebirds (24-32) Sunday evening, with first pitch scheduled for 5:00 pm.

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