HICKORY, N.C. — Charleston RiverDogs starter Rafael DePaula struck out 10 batters and no-hit Hickory through five innings of the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader, but it wasn’t enough as the RiverDogs (8-9) lost 1-0 following a 10-2 loss in the first game of the day against the Crawdads (11-7).
The RiverDogs are off today, but they begin a seven-game homestand Tuesday, starting with a three-game series against the West Virginia Power before taking on Kannapolis.
The RiverDogs got off to a nice start in Game 1 of the doubleheader. Outfielder Taylor Dugas walked to open the game, advanced to second on a wild pitch and would later come around to score thanks to an RBI single by Dante Bichette, Jr. Following an eventful first inning, the RiverDogs’ offense struck out nine times and did not score another run until the top of the sixth inning. The RiverDogs ended the game with just two runs on three hits.
Starter Cesar Vargas (1-1) took the loss as he lasted 4.2 innings, giving up seven runs, six of them earned, on seven hits. He struck out two, walked one and served up two homers. With those two home runs, Hickory ended the four game series with eight long balls.
For Hickory, starter C.J. Edwards was on top of his game. Edwards went four innings, giving up one run on one hit, struck out eight and walked one. Reliever Tyler Smith (3-0) picked up the victory after tossing an inning of shutout ball. Offensively, the Crawdads were led by Nomar Mazara, who went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and an RBI single. Shortstop Luis Marte batted in the ninth spot in the order and went 2-for-2 with a solo homer, a walk, and a single to go along with three runs scored.
This was a pitchers’ duel, led by RiverDogs starter Rafael DePaula. He threw five no-hit innings and struck out 10 Crawdad hitters. DePaula’s season high in strikeouts came in his season debut when he had 11 strikeouts against Greenville.
Hickory starter Connor Sadzeck was equally impressive. Sadzeck went six innings, he gave up no runs on three hits and he struck out eight. Both starters did not factor in the decision in game two.
After seven innings, the game was still scoreless and played on until the bottom of the ninth. The RiverDogs brought in reliever Alex Smith (2-1), who did not record a single out. Smith gave up a leadoff single to Nick Williams. Williams then stole second base while Joey Gallo was at the plate. After a Gallo walk, Ryan Rua would single in Williams from second and Hickory claimed the 1-0 walk-off win in the ninth. With the win, the Hickory Crawdads have now won seven straight while the RiverDogs have lost four straight.
Picking up the win for the Crawdads was reliever Alexander Claudio (2-1). Claudio reliever starter Connor Sadzeck and tossed three no-hit scoreless innings while striking out six.