Series Preview: Lakewood (N.J.) BlueClaws at Hickory Crawdads April 25-28
Lakewood BlueClaws (Philadelphia Phillies) (6-14, seventh place, South Atlantic League Northern Division)
Hickory Crawdads (Texas Rangers) (14-5, second place, South Atlantic League Northern Division)
The Hickory Crawdads continue their weeklong homestand with a four-game series against the Lakewood BlueClaws from Thursday through Sunday.
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:
Thursday: Lakewood at Hickory, 7:00 p.m. Thirsty Thursday, Salute to Scrubs Week (Healthcare professionals receive a free ticket with a current ID badge), NFL Draft Party
Friday: Lakewood at Hickory, 7:00 p.m. Salute to Scrubs Week (Healthcare professionals receive a free ticket with a current ID badge)
Saturday: Lakewood at Hickory, 5:00 p.m. Sanctus Real Post-Game Concert
Sunday: Church Bulletin Sunday (Bring a church bulletin to the ticket office and receive a $6 ticket with $4 from each ticket donated back to the respective church), Red Out Night (Wear red and receive a free ticket to the game), Bark at the Park.
TICKETS: $9 tickets in advance, $10 at the gate. Children (12 and under) and seniors $8, $15 for VIP section. NOTE: Tickets for Saturday’s game and concert are $16, $21 for VIP seating.
PARKING: All parking is $3.
RECENT SERIES HISTORY:
The Crawdads took three of four from Lakewood in New Jersey to open the 2019 season. The BlueClaws dominated the South Atlantic League a year ago and they did not spare Hickory from their wrath. Lakewood won 7 of 10, which included a 3-1 mark at LP Frans last August. Since 2009, when the Crawdads-Rangers affiliation began, Lakewood is 17-16 at Hickory, 55-50 overall.
PROBABLES (Lakewood/ Hickory)
Thursday: RHP Colton Eastman vs. RHP Ronny Henriquez
Friday: RHP Tyler McKay vs. RHP Jean Casanova
Saturday: LHP Jhordany Mezquita vs. LHP John King
Sunday: RHP Francisco Morales vs. RHP Tim Brennan
The Crawdads enter the series on the heels of two straight wins over Augusta (Ga.) to claim a 2-1 series win. Hickory is 6-3 at home this season.
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; OF LF: Miguel Aparicio or Chad Smith; CF: Pedro Gonzalez; RF: Jose Almonte.
Jose Almonte – Tied for 9th doubles (6)
Pedro Gonzalez – Tied for 2nd homers (5)
Sam Huff – 1st home runs (8), 1st total bases, 1st slugging pct. (.750), 2nd OPS (1.063), tied for 9th runs, tied for 10th strikeouts
Chris Seise – 2nd caught stealing (4), tied for 10th stolen bases (5)
Curtis Terry – 1st RBI (21), tied for 2nd homers (5), 3rd total bases, tied for 3rd doubles (8), 5th slugging pct. (.600)
Matt Whatley – 5th walks
Tim Brennan – 8th WHIP (0.76)
Hans Crouse – 4th WHIP (0.69), tied for 4th hit batters (3), 10th ERA (1.33), 10th innings (20.1)
Scott Engler – Tied for 6th saves (2)
Abdiel Mendoza – Tied for 6th saves (2)
Slash line (BA. OBP/ SLG/ OPS):.227 (19th)/ .291 (11th)/ .424 (2nd)/ .715 (3rd).
Other key rankings: 1st home runs, 3rd total bases, 4th runs, 11th hits, next to last walks,
1st ERA (2.42), 1st WHIP (1.02), fewest runs allowed, fewest earned runs allowed, fewest walks allowed, fewest hit batters, 4th fewest hits allowed, 11th home runs allowed (8),
Though the lost the finale of a three-game series at Rome, Ga., the BlueClaws won two of three against the Braves coming off a 1-10 stretch. The two wins at Rome snapped an 0-8 start on the road.
Manager: Mike Micucci (1st season)
Prospects – Lakewood (rankings by MLB.com):
3B Alex Bohm No. 1 (No. 56 in top-100, No. 6 3B)
SS Luis Garcia No. 4
RHP Francisco Morales No. 8
C Rafael Marchan No. 14
RHP Dominic Pipkins No. 23
LHP Jhordany Mezquita No. 26
Possible Lineups: C: Rafael Marchan or Abraham Gutierrez; 1B: Matt Kroon; 2B: Luis Garcia or Jonathan Guzman; 3B: Alec Bohm; SS: Jonathan Guzman or Luis Garcia; LF: varied; CF: Yerwin Trejo or Malvin Matos; RF: Carlos De La Cruz or Malvin Matos.
Alex Bohm – Tied for 3rd hits, 6th batting avg. (.343), 6th on-base pct. (.425), tied for 8th walks, 9th OPS (.947), tied for 9th doubles (6), tied for 10th total bases
Carlos De La Cruz – Tied for 3rd caught stealing
Jonathan Guzman – Tied for 10th stolen bases (5)
Rafael Marchan – Tied for 9th doubles (6)
Colton Eastman – Tied for 6th earned runs allowed, tied for 8th runs allowed
Ethan Evanko – Tied for 9th appearances (7)
Kevin Gowdy – Tied for 2nd walks allowed
Robinson Martinez – Tied for 6th saves (2)
Tyler McKay – Tied for 10th earned runs allowed, tied for 10th runs allowed
Jhordany Mezquita – Tied for 6th earned runs allowed, tied for 10th runs allowed
Slash line (BA. OBP/ SLG/ OPS): .235 (6th)/.306 (7th)/ .313 (13th)/ .318 (12th)
Other key rankings: 1st caught stealing, 2nd steals, 3rd hits, 4th strikeouts, 11th total bases, 12th runs scored, 13th home runs (5)
Most hits allowed, most walks allowed, 2nd most runs allowed, 2nd most earned runs allowed, 13th ERA (4.84), 13th WHIP (1.49),