Coming into this series, the Hickory Crawdads (Pirates) had lost 9 of 11. And, after the opening game, 10 of 12.
That had to be frustrating for Hickory. And they took their frustrations out on the Columbus Catfish, winning the next 3, concluding with tonight's 10-2 win over my Catfish.
Hickory scored 3 runs in the 1st, 2 of them earned, and added 4 unearned runs in the 2nd to take an early 7-0 lead.
The Catfish got a run in the 2nd when 2B James Mayer drove in LF Stephen Vogt, who had walked.
1B Henry Wrigley added another run in the 4th on a towering home run that knocked a limb off a tree behind the left field wall.
Hickory added another in the 8th, making it 8-2, and 2 more in the 9th when the DH moved to the mound.
Starter Jason Ragan didn't make it through the 2nd inning, though it wasn't entirely due to a bad pitching performance. He spoke with the pitching coach and the trainer before Skipper pulled him. Ragan allowed 2 earned runs (7 overall) on 9 hits in 1-2/3 innings. Jesse Darcy went 5, allowing 2 hits and striking out 5. Kevin Boggan pitched 1-1/3, allowing a run on 2 hits. DH Shawn Williams pitched the final inning, allowing a pair of runs on 4 hits.
Wrigley led Catfish batters with 2 of the team's 4 hits.
Friday night, the Catfish host Augusta in the first of four games.