Michael Ohlman goes 2-for-3 in defeat
Hickory, NC – The Hickory Crawdads (18-13) scored four runs in the fourth inning and defeated the Delmarva Shorebirds (12-18) 8-1 at LP Frans Stadium on Monday night. The Shorebirds managed just two hits over the final five innings.
The Crawdads scored first in the third inning. Jordan Akins reached on an error by Jason Esposito. Then, he was caught in a rundown between first and second, but a high throw by Sammie Starr allowed Akins to reach second. He later scored on a sacrifice fly by Trevor Adams.
The Crawdads built a 5-0 lead with four runs in the fourth inning. Rougned Odor hit a triple and scored on a single by Zach Cone early in the inning. Later, Jorge Alfaro hit a two run double to right-center field.
The Shorebirds scored their lone run in the fifth inning. Sammie Starr reached on an error by third baseman Drew Robinson. He scored from first on a double off the right-center field wall by Mikey Planeta.
Shorebirds starter Zach Davies allowed six hits and five runs over five innings. Davies struck out the side in the second and allowed four of the six total hits in one inning.
Crawdads starter Andrew Faulkner earned the win over seven innings. He did not allow an earned run. Taylor Dennis and Daniel Lopez combined to close out the Shorebirds over the final two innings.
Hickory scored three runs in the seventh to add cushion to their lead.
Michael Ohlman was the only Shorebirds player with multiple hits. He went 2-for-3 with a walk.
The Shorebirds and Crawdads play game two of the series on Tuesday at 7:00pm. LHP Eduardo Rodriguez is the scheduled starter for Delmarva.