Series Preview: Hickory Crawdads at Greenville (S.C.) Drive April 30-May 2
Hickory Crawdads (Texas Rangers) (16-7, 2nd Northern Division)
Greenville Drive (Boston Red Sox) (11-12, 3rd Southern Division)
The Hickory Crawdads start a weeklong homestand with a three-game series at Fluor Field at West End in downtown Greenville.
IF YOU PLAN TO GO:
WHERE IS IT?: From Hickory, take Hwy 321 South to Gastonia, then I-85 South into South Carolina. Take I-385 (exit 51) towards downtown, which ends into North St. Turn right onto North Church St. Follow that down to the Municipal Complex and plan to park there. Shuttle from the lot to the stadium is free, as is parking.
GAME TIMES/ PROMOTIONS:
Tuesday: 2:05 p.m. (Drive Business Downtown)
Wednesday: 7:05 p.m.
Thursday: 7:05 p.m. (Dollar Drink Night)
TICKETS: Prices in advance range from $8 at Pesky’s Porch to $16 for Green Monster Seats. Add $1 on the day of the game. $8 lawn and deck seating available on the day of the game.
RECENT SERIES HISTORY:
The two teams played all eight games at Greenville a year ago with Hickory taking six of the eight played at Fluor Field. Overall, since 2009, the Crawdads are 46-41, 22-21 at Greenville.
PROBABLES (Hickory/ Greenville)
Tuesday: RHP Yerry Rodriguez vs. RHP Chris Machamer
Wednesday: RHP Hans Crouse vs. RHP Brayan Bello
Thursday: RHP Jean Casanova vs. RHP Alex Scherff
The Crawdads polished off their second winning homestand of the young season by defeating Lakewood 10-3 on Sunday. Hickory split this four-game series against the BlueClaws and went 4-3 overall. The team has played better on the road. They are 8-2 on the road and 8-5 at home.
Manager: Matt Hagen (2nd season)
Prospects – (team rankings are by MLB.com):
RHP Hans Crouse No.1 (No. 8 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. 30
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; CF: Pedro Gonzalez; RF: Jose Almonte.
Pedro Gonzalez – Tied for 2nd homers (7)
Sam Huff –1st homers (12), 1st slugging pct. (.805), 1st OPS (1.163), 1st total bases, tied 3rd runs (17), tied for 9th hits (25), tied for 8th RBI (16)
Jonathan Ornelas – 8th batting avg. (.345), 9th on-base pct. (.419), 9th OPS (.947)
Chris Seise – Tied for 2nd triples (3), 2nd caught stealing, tied for 8th strikeouts
Curtis Terry – 1st doubles (11), 1st RBI (23), tied for 2nd total bases, 3rd slugging pct. (.639), tied for 3rd homers (6), 8th OPS (.960),
Matt Whatley – Tied for 2nd walks
Hans Crouse – 3rd WHIP (0.69), 5th ERA (1.33), tied for 7th hit batters.
John King – 6th hits allowed
Slash line (BA. OBP/ SLG/ OPS):.229 (9th)/ .294 (11th)/ .429 (1st)/ .723 (2nd).
Other key rankings: 1st home runs, 1st total bases, 5th runs, 2nd total bases, 2nd fewest caught stealing, 3rd stolen bases, 3rd doubles, 11th hits, 12th walks
Team Pitching: 1st ERA (2.52), 1st WHIP (1.06), fewest runs allowed, fewest earned runs allowed, fewest hit batters, fewest walks allowed, 4th fewest hits allowed.
The Drive return home from a 4-3 road trip after splitting a four-game series at Lexington (Ky.). Greenville is 5-4 at Fluor Field.
Manager: Iggy Suarez (1st season)
Prospects – Greenville (rankings by MLB.com):
1B Triston Casas No. 2 (No. 6 1B prospect)
3B Brandon Howlett No. 15
RHP Alex Scherff No. 21
RHP Brayan Bello No. 25
LHP Yoan Aybad No. 29
Possible Lineups: C: Kole Cottam; 1B Triston Casas; 2B: Korby Batesole or Kervin Suarez; 3B: Brandon Howlett; SS: Grant Williams; LF: Jordan Wren; CF: Cole Brannen; RF: Tyler Esplin.
Cole Brannen – Tied for third caught stealing (3), tied for 4th steals (8), tied for 8th strikeouts
Kervin Suarez – Tied for third caught stealing (3)
Rio Gomez – Tied for 1st saves (4)
Hunter Hayworth – Tied for 7th hits allowed, tied for 9th runs allowed, tied for 10th earned runs allowed
Chris Machamer – Tied for 10th hits allowed
Slash line (BA. OBP/ SLG/ OPS):.217 (12th)/ .299 (10th)/ .290 (13th)/ .620 (13th).
Other key rankings: most strikeouts, most caught stealing, 13th runs scored, 13th hits, 13th total bases
Team pitching: 3rd most hits allowed, 8th ERA (3.55), tied for 11th WHIP (1.35)