HICKORY- Yerry Rodriguez threw another gem on Saturday night as the 'Dads defeated the Charleston RiverDogs 8-1.
Jax Biggers led off the home half of the first with a double to center. Miguel Aparicio hit his fourth triple of the year to drive Biggers in and give the 'Dads a 1-0 lead.
The 'Dads added on five more runs in the bottom of the third. Jax Biggers drew a walk to lead things off. Miguel Aparicio was hit by a pitch and Kole Enright drew another walk. Tyreque Reed hit a sacrifice fly to score Biggers. Pedro Gonzalez added on a double to bring in Aparicio and Enright. Matt Whatley finished off the inning's scoring with a two-run homer that put the Crawdads ahead 6-0.
In the bottom of the sixth, Jonathan Ornelas and Matt Whatley hit back-to-back doubles to push the score to 7-0.
Crawdads starter Rodriguez finished the evening after seven shutout innings. He allowed just one hit, walked two, and struck out five. He improved to 7-2 on the season and lowered his ERA to 1.77, which is second-best in the South Atlantic League.
The Crawdads scored another run in the eighth inning to pull ahead 8-0. Jonathan Ornelas reached on a throwing error and was brought home on Frainyer Chavez' triple to left.
The RiverDogs got on the board in the ninth, scoring off Crawdads reliever Tai Tiedemann, but still trailed 8-1.