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Crawdads Win Sunday To Take Series Against Rome

The Crawdads’ four game winning streak came to an end on Friday night (July 29) as they lost to the Rome Braves 5-3. Rome scored a run in the second and added on another in the fourth off starting pitcher Tekoah Roby. Roby tossed five innings, allowing the two runs on six hits and no walks. He struck out five.

Rome score three more in the seventh to pull ahead 5-0. The Crawdads started rallying in the seventh, scoring two. With two outs, Chris Seise walked and Keyber Rodriguez drilled a double down the left field line to put runners in scoring position. Jayce Easley picked up a base hit, scoring both.

The ‘Dads cut the deficit to two runs with another run in the bottom of the eighth. Aaron Zavala walked and advanced into scoring position on a balk. Thomas Saggese hit a fly to right that the runner tagged up and moved to third on. Trevor Hauver’s sacrifice fly scored Zavala to make it a 5-3 ballgame. In the bottom of the ninth, the ‘Dads got runners on but couldn’t get any across.

The Crawdads fell 5-4 in the eleventh inning to the Rome Braves on Saturday Night (July 30). The Crawdads took the lead in the first. Evan Carter tripled to center to drive in Luisangel Acuña, who had walked to start off the inning. Thomas Saggese followed up with a single to left to send in Carter and make the score 2-0.

The ‘Dads added on a run in the fourth. Cristian Inoa was hit by a pitch and Keyber Rodriguez drew a walk. Jayce Easley doubled to right to score Inoa, putting them ahead by three. Rome stared chipping away at the Crawdads’ lead in the fifth with a run. They added on one in the eighth and one in the ninth to bring it to a 3-3 game.

The Braves got a run in the tenth inning but the ‘Dads clawed back, to extend the game. With Cody Freeman on second, Inoa hit a bloop single to center that scored Freeman. Rome got their run in from second in the eleventh to pull ahead 5-4.

The Crawdads bats led the way on Sunday (July 31) as they picked up 19 hits in an 11-10 win over the Rome Braves. All nine ‘Dads hitters collected a hit and reached base multiple times in the win. The only batter that did not have a multi-hit game, was Chris Seise, who led the team in RBIs.

The first runs of the game came in the second as the ‘Dads put up three runs. Seise walked and Frainyer Chavez drove his first homer of the season to right. Angel Aponte and Scott Kapers kept the momentum going with back-to-back base hits to put runners on the corners. A wild pitch allowed Aponte to come home to score. The Braves scored one in the fourth and three more in the fifth to take a 4-3 lead.

The Crawdads quickly responded, getting four runs in the bottom half of the inning. Luisangel Acuña, Thomas Saggese, and Cristian Inoa all started off the inning with base hits to load the bases. Alejandro Osuna hit a high fly ball to center that Acuña tagged up on to score and tie the game. Seise went opposite field for a three-run homer to put the ‘Dads ahead 7-4.

In the bottom of the sixth, the ‘Dads score three more to extend their lead. Evan Carter kicked off the inning with a single and stole his 17th base of the year. Acuña singled, sending Carter to third. Acuña stole his 28th base of the season to get into scoring position. Saggese hit a sacrifice fly to center, allowing Carter to score. Inoa blasted his ninth homer of the season to left for bring the game to 10-4.

Rome added a run in the eighth, but the Crawdads pushed their lead back to six in the home half of the frame. Saggese singled and Inoa walked. Osuna picked up his second base hit of the game to drive in the lead runner.

Rome made it a close finish, getting five runs in the ninth and threatening with the tying run on third and go-ahead on first. Michael Brewer came in and recorded the final out on a four pitch-strikeout. The Crawdads are now 14-16 in the second half of the season, five games behind first place Rome. They’re 52-44 overall. The ‘Dads are off today (August 1) and then welcome the Asheville Tourists for a six-game series starting on Tuesday (August 2).

[Courtesy of Ashley Salinas, Hickory Crawdads]