Series Preview: Augusta (Ga.) GreenJackets at Hickory Crawdads April 22-24
Augusta GreenJackets (San Francisco Giants) (8-7, 2nd place, Southern Division)
Hickory Crawdads (Texas Rangers) (12-4, 2nd place Northern Division)
The Hickory Crawdads start a seven-game homestand Monday with three against Augusta at L.P. Frans Stadium.
IF YOU PLAN TO GO:
WHERE IS IT?: 2500 Clement Blvd., 1 mile west of U.S. Hwy 321, near entrance to Hickory Airport.
GAME TIMES/ PROMOTIONS:
Monday: Augusta at Hickory, 6:30 p.m. Make-A Difference Monday (Bring canned goods $5 or more in value and receive a free ticket), Salute to Scrubs Week (Healthcare professionals receive a free ticket with a current ID badge)
Tuesday: Augusta at Hickory, 6:30 p.m. Dollar Dog Tuesday ($1 hot dogs, dogs admitted for $1), $2 craft pints, Salute to Scrubs Week (Healthcare professionals receive a free ticket with a current ID badge)
Wednesday: Augusta at Hickory, 6:30 p.m. Kids Win Wednesday (All kids 12 and under receive a free ticket, free meal voucher, and free bounce house, speed pitch and carousel voucher every Wednesday night game) Salute to Scrubs Week (Healthcare professionals receive a free ticket with a current ID badge), Wine Wednesday
TICKETS: $9 tickets in advance, $10 at the gate. Children (12 and under) and seniors $8, $15 for VIP section.
PARKING: All parking is $3.
RECENT SERIES HISTORY:
Hickory swept Augusta in a three-game series last June in the only series played by the two teams. The Crawdads have not played at Augusta since 2016 when they took two of three there. Since 2009, which is the start of the Crawdads affiliation with the Rangers, Augusta holds a 31-29 edge in games played, 19-15 at Hickory.
PROBABLES (Augusta/ Hickory)
Monday: RHP Blake Rivera vs. RHP Tim Brennan
Tuesday: RHP Matt Frisbee vs. RHP Yerry Rodriguez
Wednesday: RHP Jake Wong vs. RHP Hans Crouse
Hickory took two out of three at Columbia (S.C.) over the weekend. During their first homestand, the Crawdads went 4-2 against Kannapolis and Asheville.
Manager: Matt Hagen (2nd season)
Prospects – (team rankings are by MLB.com):
RHP Hans Crouse No.1 (No. 80 in top-100)
SS Chris Seise No. 12
IF Jonathan Ornelas No. 18
C Sam Huff No. 21
3B Sherten Apostel No. 22
RHP Ronny Henriquez No. 20
Possible lineups: C: Matt Whatley or Sam Huff; 1B Curtis Terry; 2B Frainyer Chavez or Jonathan Ornelas; 3B Sherten Apostel; SS Chris Seise; LF: Miguel Aparicio or Chad Smith; CF: Pedro Gonzalez; RF: Jose Almonte.
Pedro Gonzalez – Tied for 6th homers (3)
Sam Huff – 1st home runs (6), 1st total bases, 1st slugging pct. (.722), 3rd OPS (1.037), tied for 10th runs
Jonathan Ornelas – Tied for 10th runs
Chris Seise – tied for 8th steals (5)
Curtis Terry – 1st RBI (19), tied for 2nd homers (4), tied for 4th total bases, tied for 5th doubles (6), 7th slugging pct. (.569)
Matt Whatley – 4th walks
Hans Crouse – 2nd WHIP (0.35), tied for 3rd hit batters (3), 10th ERA (1.26)
Abdiel Mendoza – Tied for 5th saves (2)
Slash line (BA. OBP/ SLG/ OPS):.229 (10th)/ .294 (13th)/ .416 (2nd)/ .710 (3rd).
Other key rankings: 1st home runs, 3rd runs, 3rd total bases, next to last walks,
1st ERA (2.18), 1st WHIP (0.97), fewest hits allowed, fewest runs allowed, fewest earned runs allowed, tied for fewest home runs allowed (4), fewest walks allowed.
The GreenJackets completed their first homestand of the season on Saturday with a 3-1 loss to Charleston (SC), but finished off the week at 4-2 overall. Because of The Masters in its backyard, Augusta had a nine-game road trip to start the year and managed a 4-5 record.
Manager: Carlos Valderrama (2nd season)
Prospects – Augusta (rankings by MLB.com):
RHP Sean Hjelle No. 6
RHP Jake Wong No. 7
RHP Gregory Santos No. 8
RHP Blake Rivera No. 18
3B Jacob Gonzalez No. 19
LHP Seth Corry No. 25
Possible Lineups: C: Andres Angulo or Jeffry Parra; 1B: Frankie Tostado; 2B: Shane Matheny or Wander Franco; 3B:Jacob Gonzalez; SS: Nico Giarratano or Shane Matheny; LF: Diego Rincones; CF: Jose Layer; RF: Aaron Bond.
Aaron Bond – 3rd strikeouts, tied for 8th steals (5)
Shane Matheny – 4th RBI (15)
Ismael Munguia – Tied for 7th runs
Frankie Tostado – 9th batting avg. (.327), 10th on-base pct. (.411), 10th OPS (.921)
Seth Corry – Tied for 6th walks
Sean Hjelle – 1st innings (19.2)
Jesus Tona – Tied for 1st saves (3)
Franklin Van Gurp – Tied for 9th games pitched (6)
Ryan Walker – Tied for 9th games pitched (6)
Slash line (BA. OBP/ SLG/ OPS):.234 (6th)/ .333 (4th)/ .346 7th)/.680 (6th)
Other key rankings: 2nd fewest strikeouts, tied for 2nd walks, 12th hits, 12th doubles,
4th fewest hits allowed, 7th ERA (3.35), 8th WHIP (1.29)
NOTES OF INTEREST: RHP Cole Uvila and OF Julio Pablo Martinez were both promoted to High-A Down East last week. RHP Ronny Henriquez, OF Chad Smith joined the club. Henriquez is the first person born in the 2000s to pitch for Hickory … According to MLB.com, should he get to the major leagues, Augusta’s Sean Hjelle would be equal to Jon Rauch as the tallest pitcher in major league history… Augusta’s Jacob Gonzalez is the son of Arizona Diamondbacks World Series hero Luis Gonzalez… Hickory’s Sean Chandler and Augusta’s Keaton Winn both pitched at Iowa Western CC and were drafted one round apart (Winn 5th, Chandler 6th) last summer… Augusta RHP Matt Frisbee is the lone player with a North Carolina connection, as he pitched at Enka High and UNC Greensboro.