Hickory, NC--After the GreenJackets came into L.P. Frans Stadium on Monday and stole the first game of the series, an 8th inning sacrifice fly for the Crawdads proved to be the difference in the second game of the series. A 3-2 win for the Crawdads sets up the rubber match between the two teams tomorrow night.
Matthew Frisbee went the first three innings without allowing a run for the GreenJackets. In the 3rd he got some help from Diego Rincones when the left-fielder threw out Frainyer Chavez trying to score from 2nd base on a single.
In the 4th though, the Crawdads got a pair of solo home runs. Curtis Terry hit his 5th of the season, and later in the frame, Sam Huff went deep for the 7th time this year. Hickory leads the South Atlantic League with 22 home runs this season.
Frisbee ends his night on the mound for Augusta going five innings, allowing two runs and striking-out six as he is charged with his first loss of 2019. It was the longest outing of Frisbee’s professional career.
The GreenJackets started their comeback in the 6th inning though. After Rincones doubled, Jacob Gonzalez singled with two outs to cut the Hickory lead to 2-1.
Rodriguez exited the game after six innings. Hickory’s starter allowed just one run and finished the night with seven strikeouts on his way to a win.
In the 8th inning, Hickory received a crucial insurance run on a sacrifice fly from Matt Whatley to make it a 3-1 Crawdads lead. The run would be the only one Norwith Gudino allowed out of the GreenJackets bullpen, but it was unearned. Gudino went three innings for the night and he struck out four.
In the 9th inning, with two outs, Aaron Bond hit his 2nd home run of the season putting the GreenJackets down by just one run at 3-2. But Wander Franco grounded out to end the game and the GreenJackets dropped the second game of the series.