HICKORY, N.C. - Aaron Judge's two-run home run in the eighth inning highlighted a late Charleston RiverDogs (24-23) rally, but the Hickory Crawdads held on to a 7-3 victory on Saturday. Ryan Cordell fell a home run shy of hitting for the cycle for the Crawdads (23-24).
In the second inning, the Crawdads garnered a 1-0 lead. Cordell led off with a double against Rookie Davis and advanced to third base when Ronald Guzman grounded out. A sacrifice fly from Kellin Deglan scored Cordell for the first run of the game.
With two outs and two runners aboard, Cordell tripled to center field and brought in Nick Vickerson and former Citadel Bulldog Joe Jackson.
Davis ended three innings with three runs allowed and no strikeouts.
Trailing 6-0, Charleston broke up the potential shutout by scoring in the seventh inning. A Miguel Andujar single and a Dustin Fowler double, each with one out, set up Jose Rosario. Andujar scored when Rosario grounded out to first base, trimming the deficit to 6-1.
The finale of this four-game series is Sunday at 5 p.m. Charleston RHP Luis Severino (1-1, 1.76 ERA) will face Hickory RHP Akeem Bostick (2-2, 3.66 ERA).