Augusta GreenJackets starter Kendry Flores held a one-run lead entering his seventh inning of work. A two-run inning quickly changed the outcome.
The Hickory Crawdads scored the go-ahead run in the seventh en route to a 7-4 win over the GreenJackets on Tuesday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
With two outs in the seventh, Nick Urbanus doubled home the tying run, followed by an RBI single by Nick Vickerson to put Hickory (29-21) ahead. A David Lyon two-run double added insurance for the Crawdads in the eighth.
Flores entered the seventh having allowed three runs on five hits. As his pitch count reached the 90s, he was given a chance to go seven innings and got two outs before the two consecutive hits.
He allowed five runs on seven hits in 6⅔ innings, walking two and striking out six in the loss.
“Flores threw a nice ballgame,” GreenJackets manager Mike Goff said. “He wasn’t as sharp as the past couple times out, but he threw a nice ballgame and gave us a chance to win.”
Augusta (28-23) loaded the bases in two of the first three innings and stranded five over that stretch. The GreenJackets went 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position.
“I thought our lack of execution early (hurt us),” Goff said. “When you have a chance to put a ballclub like that away, the opportunities in the first three innings, and you don’t do it, it’s almost like the baseball gods will come back to bite you.”
GreenJackets first baseman Joe Rapp went 3 for 4 with two RBI.
The Crawdads started the scoring in the third on an RBI single by Jordan Akins. The GreenJackets answered with two runs in the home half on a wild pitch and two-run single by Rapp.
Urbanus singled home the tying run in the fifth, but the GreenJackets responded with a run in the bottom of the inning for a one-run lead.
GreenJackets shortstop Matt Duffy left in the third with an injured right ankle. Goff said there was swelling, and X-rays would be taken as a precaution, but he was able to put pressure on it.