SERIES PREVIEW: Hickory at Greensboro April 8-10
Hickory Crawdads (Texas Rangers) (3-1, T 1st Northern Division)
Greensboro Grasshoppers (Pittsburgh Pirates) (3-1, T 1st Northern Division)
The Hickory Crawdads continue a weeklong road trip at First National Bank Field
BROADCASTS: Games are streamed live on the Greensboro Grasshoppers website
If you plan to go:
GAME TIMES: Monday-Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., Wednesday 10:45 a.m. (NOTE: NO TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR WEDNESDAY’S GAME)
WHERE IS IT?
From Hickory, take I-40 East to exit 218 B / Freeman Mill Road. That will turn into Edgeworth St. and the ballpark will be on the right. (Edgeworth and Bellemeade St.)
TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $7-11.
Monday: Money Off Monday: $1 dogs, soda and water. $6 lawn tickets
Tuesday: Baseball Bingo
PARKING: Parking at the ballpark is $5. There are independently operated parking lots nearby that charge a varied amount. Metered parking about a block away from the outfield is free after 6 p.m., on weekdays and is free on weekends.
CONCESSIONS: First National Bank Field is more of a AA park and so the concession offerings are a vast upgrade from what a smaller Low-A ball park provides. Other than basic ballpark fare, there is a BBQ stand, Sausage Shack, Pimento Cheese along with veggie options.
PROBABLES (Hickory, Greensboro has not released its probables)
Monday: RHP Tim Brennan
Tuesday: RHP Yerry Rodriguez
Wednesday: RHP Hans Crouse
Recent Series History:
Hickory was 9-15 against Greensboro a year ago, and since 2009, the beginning of the Crawdads affiliation with the Rangers, the Grasshoppers were 91-81 over. However, Greensboro is now hooked up with the Pittsburgh Pirates after 16 years with the Miami Marlins. The Pirates begin this affiliation after 10 seasons at West Virginia. Against West Virginia, the Crawdads were 7-12 a season ago, 2-4 at Charleston, WV. Since 2009, the Power went 52-51 against Hickory.
Prospects to watch – Hickory (team rankings are by MLB.com):
RHP Hans Crouse No.1 (No. 83 in top-100)
OF JP Martinez No. 2 (No. 86 in top-100)
SS Chris Seise No. 12
IF Jonathan Ornelas No. 18
C Sam Huff No. 21
3B Sherten Apostel No. 22
Prospects to watch – Greensboro (rankings by MLB.com):
RHP Stephen Jennings No. 12
OF LoLo Sanchez No. 17