'Dads Come Back Comes up Short in GreensboroMay 2, 2012 - South Atlantic League (SAL) Hickory Crawdads
Greensboro (17-8) jumped in front with eight runs through the first four frames against the 'Dads (16-9). After the Grasshoppers started the scoring in the bottom of the first with an unearned run on a double play ball against LHP Will Lamb (L, 0-2), 3B Josh Adams tripled the early lead. With two down and no one on, LF Matt Smith worked a walk to extend the frame, and then Adams knocked a two-run shot over the left-field wall for the 3-0 lead.
The Grasshoppers struck with another two-out long-ball in the bottom of the third. CF Brent Keys reached on a bunt single to keep the inning going, and Smith followed with a two-run homer to left field, making it 5-0.
RHP Jose Monegro took over on the mound to start the fourth, but Greensboro kept swinging away. With two outs and no one on again, SS Ryan Goetz doubled to give C Austin Barnes a chance to hit. Barnes hit a two-run home run of his own to left field, stretching the lead to 7-0. The Grasshoppers added one final unearned run in the inning, taking the 8-0 advantage.
Hickory started chipping away in the top of the fifth. C Kellin Deglan was hit by a pitch from LHP Charlie Lowell (W, 1-1) to start the stanza. Two outs later, Deglan raced all the way home on an RBI double from CF Chris Grayson, getting the 'Dads on the board, 8-1.
The Crawdads kept chipping away in the bottom of the seventh against RHP Dejai Oliver. Deglan worked a walk to get himself on again, and trotted home this time on a two-run bomb by LF Jeremy Williams, cutting the deficit to 8-3.
Hickory came one run closer in the top of the eighth. With one down, 3B Hanser Alberto got on with a walk and darted to third on a single from DH Drew Robinson, chasing Oliver from the hill. RHP Brad Mincey took over for the 'Hoppers, and RF Zach Cone promptly ripped an RBI single to left field, plating Alberto and moving Robinson to third. After another walk from Deglan, Williams stepped up with the bases loaded and the 'Dads only down by four. The Crawdads left fielder ripped a sharp grounder inside the third-base line, but Adams made a backhanded pick to start an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play, as the Grasshoppers escaped the jam, leading, 8-4.
Hickory strung together a pair of singles in the top of the ninth, but Mincey stranded the runners, closing the 8-4 win for Greensboro.
The Crawdads continue a seven-game road trip in Greensboro on Thursday evening with a 7 p.m. First Pitch. Catch all the action live on The Big Dawg 92.1FM and Hickorycrawdads.com, starting 15 minutes early with Crawdads Countdown!
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