HICKORY, N.C. — The Charleston RiverDogs held two one-run leads but ultimately let the game slip away in the late frames, as the Hickory Crawdads came back to win, 3-2, Wednesday afternoon at L.P. Frans Stadium.
Josh Morgan stepped in with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth and broke the 2-2 tie with a walk-off single to right field. The infield was playing in for Charleston (28-31) with one out in the inning. The Crawdads (38-20) drew three consecutive one-out walks in the frame before Morgan delivered the game-winning knock.
The RiverDogs got on the board first in the top of the third. Alexander Palma was hit by a pitch and scored two batters later on an RBI ground out by Dustin Fowler. Fowler scored a run himself in the sixth with the game tied 1-1. He hit a one-out triple and came home on a wild pitch by Hickory reliever Adam Parks.
Charleston could not hold on to the 2-1 lead for long. Hickory responded in the seventh, scoring their second run in the same fashion as the RiverDogs. An Andre Del Bosque (3-1) wild pitch allowed Carlos Arroyo to score with the bases loaded. The Crawdads scored their first run in the third inning as well on an RBI single by Jose Trevino, who hit a three-run homer in Tuesday’s game.
Vince Conde extended his hitting streak to 12 straight games with a bloop single down the line in right in the second inning. It’s the second-longest streak of the season behind Dustin Fowler’s 13-game stretch. The RiverDogs are currently on a three-game losing streak and will look to salvage the series finale Thursday night against the Crawdads.
The RiverDogs conclude their three-game series with the Hickory Crawdads at 7 p.m. Thursday. Charleston will send LHP Rony Bautista (3-1, 2.23 ERA) to the mound for his first start since 2013 against RHP Collin Wiles (6-2, 1.92 ERA) for the Crawdads.
Designated hitter Connor Spencer was the lone Charleston RiverDogs player selected to play in the 56th annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game on June 23 in Asheville.
Spencer, a 22-year-old first baseman who was the New York Yankees’ eighth-round draft pick out of UC Irvine in 2014, is batting .297 with no home runs and 23 runs batted in.