HICKORY, N.C. - Eduardo de Oleo recorded his first career multi-homer game in a 9-6 Charleston RiverDogs loss to the Hickory Crawdads on Monday at L.P. Frans Stadium. Gosuke Katoh and Aaron Judge also homered for Charleston.
It was the sixth straight loss for Charleston (27-30).
Katoh blasted the RiverDogs to a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning. With one out and Hickory's Cole Wiper on the mound, Katoh hit a solo shot to right field to put Charleston ahead. It was Katoh's second home run of the season, both coming at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory.
The Crawdads quickly tied the contest against Brady Lail in their half of the third when former Citadel star Joe Jackson drove in a run.
In the top of the fifth, another solo home run pushed Charleston back in front. de Oleo launched his sixth home run of the season over the left field wall for a 2-1 RiverDogs advantage.
Hickory answered with Nomar Mazara's three-run blast in the fifth. The Crawdads secured their lead with a five-run rally in the sixth inning.
Charleston forged a late attempt at a comeback with home runs. Judge delivered a two-run shot off Felix Carvallo in the eighth inning that sliced the Charleston deficit to 9-4. de Oleo's second home run was a two-run homer in the ninth that closed the gap to three before the game ended.
The series continues Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Charleston right-hander Jaron Long was named South Atlantic League pitcher of the week. Long went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two appearances and allowed only four hits, one walk with 14 strikeouts over 111/3 innings.