Jake Brigham pitched a three-hitter, and Travis Adair broke open a close game with a bases-clearing double in the ninth inning to lead the Hickory Crawdads to a 6-1 victory over the Lexington Legends at Applebee's Park on Sunday.
Brigham (2-1) allowed one run on three hits and a walk to earn his first complete game of the season. He struck out four.
The Crawdads took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a homer by Jared Bolden, then went scoreless for seven innings.
Lexington cut the lead in half when Miguel Arrendell led off the fourth inning with his third home run of the season.
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The score remained 2-1 until the ninth. Hickory loaded the bases against Legends reliever Zach Grimmett, who hit Mike Ortiz with a pitch, walked Guillermo Pimentel and allowed an infield single to Jonathan Roof.
Adair then lined a double off the wall in right center, scoring all three runners. Joe Bonadonna's double brought home Adair with the game's final run.