HICKORY, N.C. — The Hickory Crawdads scored all three of their runs in the fifth inning, and the game was called an inning later to send the Legends to a 3-1 rain-shortened loss on the road.
With the Legends clinging to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth, Hickory's Doug Hogan tripled to center field and knocked in two runs for a 2-1 advantage. Hogan came home one batter later on a single from David Paisano to make it 3-1.
Legends second baseman Albert Cartwright walked to lead off the sixth inning, but the next three Lexington batters couldn't move him any further than second base and the Legends never got another chance.
The game was called because of rain in the middle of the sixth inning.
The Legends scored first in a wild first inning that saw seven Lexington batters go to the plate.
Jay Austin led off the inning by reaching first base after a throwing error by Crawdads shortstop Edward Martinez. After Austin stole second base, Hickory starter Richard Bleier (2-0), who came into the game with a 0.75 ERA, plunked Cartwright.
Lexington's Brandon Barnes came up next and tried to lay down a sacrifice bunt. Barnes got the bunt down, and the Hickory first baseman mishandled the throw, which allowed Austin to score, Cartwright to run all the way to third and Barnes to end up safe on first.
Phil Disher flied out next and Hickory right fielder Michael Bianucci gunned down Cartwright at the plate for a double play.
Federico Hernandez followed with a single but Kyle Miller grounded out to end the inning with two batters stranded and only one run.
Legends starter Robert Bono (2-1) pitched four scoreless innings before the Crawdads got to him in the fifth.