Series Preview: Hickory Crawdads at Kannapolis May 30-June 2
Hickory Crawdads (Texas Rangers) (33-18-7, 3rd Northern Division)
Kannapolis Intimidators (Chicago White Sox) (22-29, 6th Northern Division)
The Hickory Crawdads continue take a quick road trip to Kannapolis to face the Intimidators in a five-game series at Intimidators Stadium.
IF YOU PLAN TO GO:
WHERE IS IT?: From Hickory, take Hwy 321 South to Gastonia, then I-85 North to Exit 63 (Lane Street). Turn left. Ballpark is on the right.
GAME TIMES/ PROMOTIONS:
Thursday: 6:00 p.m. (Doubleheader) Thirsty Thursday
Friday: 7:00 p.m. Piedmont Boll Weevils Throwback Night, Boll Weevils Lunchbox Giveaway (first 1,000 fans)
Saturday: 7:00 p.m. Postgame Fireworks (Beatles Theme)
Sunday: 3:00 p.m. Kids Run the Bases
TICKETS: Prices in advance range from $7 for general admission to $9 for reserve, $2 less for children. Add $2 on gameday.
RECENT SERIES HISTORY:
Hickory is 4-3 against Kannapolis, which includes a split of a four-game series at Intimidators Stadium earlier this month. Last year, the Crawdads went 14-9 against Kannapolis in 2018, but the Intimidators defended their home turf by winning six of 9 there.
PROBABLES (Hickory/ Kannapolis)
Thursday: RHP Grant Wolfram and RHP Tyree Thompson vs. LHP Taylor Varnell and RHP Jonathan Stiever
Friday: RHP Tim Brennan vs. RHP Davis Martin
Saturday: RHP Yerry Rodriguez vs. RHP Yohan Dominguez
Sunday: RHP Hans Crouse vs. RHP Kade McClure
The Crawdads finished off a 5-3 homestand Tuesday with a 4-3 win over Greensboro to wrap up a 3-1 series win over the Grasshoppers. Hickory has racked up wins on the road with a 17-7 mark overall. However, the Intimidators are one of two teams to play the Crawdads evenly at their home ballpark. The Crawdads enter the series seven games behind first-place Delmarva (Md.) in the first-half Northern Division race.
Manager: Matt Hagen (2nd season)
Prospects – (team rankings are by MLB.com):
RHP Hans Crouse No.1 (No. 70 in top-100)
RHP Cole Winn No. 2 (No. 72 in the top-100)
IF Jonathan Ornelas No. 18
3B Sherten Apostel No. 22
RHP Ronny Henriquez No. 30
Possible lineups: C: Matt Whatley (.222/.333/.278) or Melvin Novoa (.270/.333/.381); 1B Curtis Terry (.269/.327/.577); 2B Tyler Depreta-Johnson (.232/.348/.250) 3B Sherten Apostel (.236/.304/.370); SS Frainyer Chavez (.241/.325/.262); LF Jonathan Ornelas (.286/.354/.429); CF: Miguel Aparicio (.264/.322/.442); RF: Pedro Gonzalez (.262/.315/.476)
Frainyer Chavez – Tied for 9th caught stealing (4)
Pedro Gonzalez – Tied for 6th homers (9),
Curtis Terry – 1st doubles (20), 4th homers (12), 4th RBI (40), 4th total bases, 4th slugging pct. (.577), 6th OPS (.904)
Matt Whatley – Tied for 7th walks, tied for 8th stolen bases (13)
Grant Anderson – Tied for 5th wins (5), tied for 7th games pitched (17), tied for 7th saves (4)
Tim Brennan – Tied for 9th wins (4), 10th WHIP (1.01)
Scott Engler – Tied for 7th saves (4)
Yerry Rodriguez – Tied for 5th wins (5), 10th ERA (2.51)
Slash line (BA. OBP/ SLG/ OPS):.249 (3rd)/ .315 (7th)/ .416 (2nd)/ .731 (2nd).
Other key rankings: Tied for 1st stolen bases, tied for 1st total bases, 2nd home runs, 2nd runs, 3rd hits, 12th doubles, 12th walks.
2nd fewest hit batters, 2nd fewest hit batters, 3rd runs allowed, 4th ERA (3.46), 4th WHIP (1.20)
Hitting (Last 10 team games): Curtis Terry (.353/.385/.765/.1.149, 2 2B, 4 HRs, 9 RBI); Miguel Aparicio (.325/.386/.725/1.111, 2 triples, 4 HRs, 10 RBI, 2 walks, 2 steals, 10 RBI, 2 SB); Pedro Gonzalez (.361/.395/.556/.950, 1 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 4 K, 2 SB); Matt Whatley (.387/.424/.484 .908, 2 2B, 2 BB, 7 K, SB)
Pitching (May): Scott Engler (8 games, 1.89 ERA, .143 OBA, 9 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 30 K);
Yerry Rodriguez (4 starts, 3.27 ERA, .170 OBA, 22 IP, 14 H, 10 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 27 22).
The Intimidators won the final two games of their eight-game roadtrip to forge a split at Lakewood (N.J.) and close out a 3-5 swing through Maryland and New Jersey. Kannapolis has the worst home record in the South Atlantic League at 8-16.
Manager: Ryan Newman (1st season)
Prospects – Kannapolis (rankings by MLB.com):
RHP Jonathan Stiever No. 27
Possible Lineups: C: Gunnar Troutwine (.274/.371/.369) or Jhoandro Alfaro (.132/.250/.237); 1B: Amado Nunez .180/.253/.263) or Corey Zangari (.143/.288/.238); 2B: Ramon Beltre (.217/.261/.355); 3B: Johan Cruz (.275/.350/.450); SS: Lenyn Sosa (.227/.255/.348); LF: Romy Gonzalez (.257/.336/.381) or Travis Moniot (.162/.279/.189); CF: Ian Dawkins (.338/.401/.458); RF: Logan Sowers (.140/.189/.220)
Ramon Beltre – Tied for 1st triples (5)
Luis Curbelo – 1st strikeouts
Ian Dawkins – 1st hits, 2nd batting avg. (.338), 2nd doubles (18), 4th stolen bases (15), 5th OBP (.401), tied for 6th total bases, tied for 7th runs scored
Rony Gonzalez – Tied for 9th triples (3)
Lenyn Sosa – Tied for 3rd doubles (16),
Davis Martin – 1st runs allowed, 1st earned runs allowed, 1st home runs allowed (12), 2nd hits allowed, tied for 8th losses (4)
Kade McClure – Tied for 6th innings pitched, tied for 9th hits allowed
Jonathan Stiever – 5th hits allowed, tied for 6th home runs allowed (6), tied for 10th innings pitched
Taylor Varnell – 2nd strikeouts, tied for 8th hit batters (5), 9th innings pitched
Slash line (BA. OBP/ SLG/ OPS): .239 (8th)/ .308 (10th)/ .370 (5th)/ .678 (9th).
Other key rankings: 1st strikeouts, 2nd triples, 5th hits, 12th runs scored, 12th home runs
2nd fewest walks allowed, 3rd ERA (3.35), 5th WHIP (1.22), 3rd earned runs allowed, 4th strikeouts
Hitting (last 10 team games: Alex Destino (.378/.405/.730/1.134, 4 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K); Johan Cruz (.320/.414/.480/.894, 2B, HR); Ian Dawkins (.295/.354/.455/.809, 4 2B, HR)
Pitching (May) Lane Ramsey (7 games, 1.23 ERA, .154 OBA, 0.68 WHIP. 7.1 IP. 4 H, 4 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 6 K); Andrew Perez (7 games 0.64 ERA, .157 OBA, 0.79 WHIP, 14 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 22 K); Sam Long (8 games, 1.23 ERA .157 OBA, 0.82 WHIP. 8 H, 3 R (2 ER), 4 BB, 20 K).