The Hickory Crawdads' (Giants) 8-game winning streak began ... and ended ... with the Columbus Catfish.
Eight days ago, the Catfish dropped the first of three straight to Hickory, who then swept Rome in 4, then beat the Catfish last night.
Tonight, the Catfish edged Hickory 2-1 to snap the South Atlantic League's current longest winning streak.
The Catfish took the lead in the 3rd when SS Shawn O'Malley drove in 2B Omar Luna on a single to right. 3B Gregory Sexton doubled home RF Jackson Brennan in the 5th, putting the Catfish up 2-0. A pair of double in the 7th gave Hickory their only run.
Brennan and C Mike McCormick each had a pair of hits for the Catfish. McCormick, Sexton, and LF Reid Fronk each had a double.
Brian Flores pitched 6 innings of 1-hit ball to earn his 4th win. He struck out 2 Hickory batters. Jose Angel Mejias went 2 innings, allowing a run on 2 hits. Austin Hinkle struck out all 3 batters in the 9th to notch his 2nd save of the year.
The series with Hickory continues Thursday night with the 3rd game of the 4-game set. The Catfish head to Asheville Saturday for 4 games.