Series Preview: Columbia (S.C.) Fireflies at Hickory Crawdads June 6-9
Columbia (S.C.) Fireflies (New York Mets) (23-35, seventh place, South Atlantic League Southern Division)
Hickory Crawdads (Texas Rangers) (37-22, third place, South Atlantic League Northern Division)
The Crawdads will wrap up the home portion of the season’s first half with four games against the Fireflies.
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: Columbia at Hickory, 7:00 p.m. Thirsty Thursday, 50th anniversary of Woodstock
Friday: Columbia at Hickory, 7:00 p.m. Llamas de Hickory night, Post-game fireworks, Catawba Science Center Night
Saturday: Columbia at Hickory: 6:30 p.m. Llamas de Hickory night, Conrad Riding a Llama Bobblehead giveaway (first 1,000 fans)
Sunday: Columbia at Hickory, 3:00 p.m. Llamas de Hickory night, Church Bulletin Sunday (bring a church bulletin for a $6 ticket with $4 going back to the respective church), Father’s Day Celebration, Hospitality Night (hospitality/ service industry workers receive a free ticket with ID).
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 won two of the three games against the Fireflies this season at Columbia back in April.
Over the three-plays seasons since the Fireflies relocation to Columbia in 2016, the Crawdads are 17-11 overall, but are just 7-6 at home. Last year, Hickory held a 4-3 edge in the season series which included a 2-1 series win at L.P. Frans.
PROBABLES (Columbia/ Hickory)
Thursday: RHP Colin Holderman vs. RHP Tim Brennan
Friday: RHP Christian James vs. RHP Yerry Rodriguez
Saturday: RHP Jose Butto vs. RHP Grant Wolfram
Sunday: RHP Simeon Woods Richardson vs. RHP Cole Winn
After taking two of three from West Virginia to open the homestand, the Crawdads will close out the home portion of the first half and face elimination from the first-half Northern Division race. Hickory’s elimination number is four. The Crawdads are 18-12 at home this season.
Manager: Matt Hagen (2nd season)
Prospects – (team rankings are by MLB.com):
RHP Hans Crouse No.1 (No. 69 in top-100)
RHP Cole Winn No. 2 (No. 71 in top-100)
IF Jonathan Ornelas No. 18
3B Sherten Apostel No. 22
RHP Ronny Henriquez No. 30
Possible lineups: C: Matt Whatley (.226/.329/.280) or Melvin Novoa (.256/.330/.372); 1B Curtis Terry (.270/.329/.583); 2B Frainyer Chavez (.228/.311/.247) or Jax Biggers (.174/.269/.217); 3B Sherten Apostel (.237/.306/.412); SS Jonathan Ornelas (.283/.355/.439); LF: Pedro Gonzalez (.263/.312/.474) or Kole Enright (.389/.421/.722; CF: Miguel Aparicio (.263/.320/.442); RF: Jose Almonte (.178/.225/.306)
Miguel Aparicio – Tied for 10th triples (3)
Frainyer Chavez – Tied for 9th caught stealing (5)
Pedro Gonzalez – Tied for 6th homers (10), tied for 10th triples (3)
Curtis Terry – 1st total bases, tied for 1st doubles (21), tied for 2nd home runs (15), 2nd RBI (46), 3rd slugging pct. (.583), 4th OPS (.912), tied for 8th runs.
Matt Whatley – Tied for 8th walks, tied for 10th stolen bases (13)
Grant Anderson – Tied for 4th saves (5), tied for 6th wins (5), tied for 6th games pitched (19).
Tim Brennan – Tied for 6th wins (5),
Yerry Rodriguez – 6th ERA (2.20), tied for 6th wins (5), 8th opponent’s batting avg. (.197), 10th WHIP (1.02)
Nick Snyder – Tied for 10th saves (4)
Slash line (BA. OBP/ SLG/ OPS):.248 (3rd)/ .314 (7th)/ .420 (1st)/ .734 (3rd).
Other key rankings: 1st home runs, 1st total bases, 2nd hits, 3rd runs, T-3rd triples, 3rd stolen bases, 11th walks
Tied for 2nd fewest hit batters, 3rd WHIP (1.18), 3rd fewest runs allowed, 5th ERA (3.40),
Hitting (Last 10 games): Curtis Terry (.333/.400/.778/1.178, 5 HR, 8 RBI); Kole Enright (.389/.421/.722/.1.143); Sherten Apostel (.211/.300/.639/.939 3 2B, 4 HR, 3 BB)
Pitching (last 30 days): Abdiel Mendoza (7 games, 1.29 ERA, 21 IP, 14 H, 3 R, 2 HR, 2 HB, 5 BB, 20 K, 0.90 WHIP, .203 OBA); Yerry Rodriguez (5 starts, 28 IP, 16 H, 8 ER, 2.57 ERA, 12 BB, 39 K, 1.00 WHIP, .163 OBA); Kelvin Rodriguez (6 games, 1.23 ERA, 14.2 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 2 HB, 5 BB, 16 K, 1.02 WHIP, .204 OBA)
The Fireflies take a quick road trip up to Hickory four for games before returning home for the final seven games of the first half. Columbia won both games of a shortened series against Rome (Ga.) and claimed wins in three of the last four. The Fireflies are 10-18 on the road. Though they are in last place, Columbia is still officially alive for the first-half Southern Division title, but the elimination number is three.
Manager: Pedro Lopez (2nd season)
Prospects – Columbia (rankings by MLB.com):
SS Ronny Mauricio – No. 2
3B Mark Vientos – No. 3
2B Shervyen Newton – No. 4
RHP Simeon Woods-Richardson – No. 6
LHP Thomas Szapicki – No. 8
RHP Christian James – No. 24
Possible Lineups: C: Juan Uriarte (.203/.246/.305) or Hayden Senger (.184/.301/.263); 1B: Chase Chambers (.274/.331/.398); 2B: Shervyer Newton (.205/.281/.311); 3B: Mark Vientos (.249/.297/.386); SS: Ronny Mauricio (.284/.327/.355); LF: Wagner Lagrange (.263/.318/.401); CF: Hansel Moreno (.283/.368/.500); RF: Gerson Molina (.217/.330/.373)
Ronny Mauricio – Tied for 6th hits, tied for 6th caught stealing
Brian Sharp – 7th strikeouts
Jose Butto – 1st losses (7)
Simeon Woods Richardson – Tied for 2nd losses (6)
Willy Taveras – Tied for 2nd home runs allowed (10), tied for 6th losses (5), tied for 7th innings
Slash line (BA. OBP/ SLG/ OPS): .220 (last) / .289 (last)/ .323 (13th)/ .612 (13th).
Other key rankings: Tied for 11th home runs (29), 13th runs scored, 13th total bases, last hits, last doubles, last walks, last strikeouts, last steals (20)
Team pitching: 2nd fewest walks, 4th runs allowed, 5th hits allowed, 8th WHIP (1.27), 10th ERA (3.98), 13th Ks.
Hitting (Last 10 games): Shervyen Newton (.343/.410/.514/.925, 2B, 3B, HR, 4 BB); Hansel Moreno (.250/.308/.500/.808, 2 HR, 5 RBI)