Series Preview: Charleston (S.C.) RiverDogs at Hickory Crawdads June 20-23
Charleston RiverDogs (New York Yankees) (37-33, third place, South Atlantic League Southern Division)
Hickory Crawdads (Texas Rangers) (41-25, third place, South Atlantic League Northern Division)
The Hickory Crawdads start the second half of the season with a four-game series at L.P. Frans against the Charleston RiverDogs.
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: Charleston at Hickory, 7:00 p.m. Thirsty Thursday, Riverdale Night (Dress as your favorite character and receive a ticket for $6)
Friday: Charleston at Hickory, 7:00 p.m. Postgame Fireworks, Disney Night featuring Elegance Princesses (VIP Meet and Greet tickets for $10)
Saturday: Charleston at Hickory, 7:00 p.m. Jon Reep Night, T-Shirt Giveaway (first 1,000 fans), Black’s Tire Customer Appreciation Night
Sunday: Charleston at Hickory, 5:00 p.m. 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), Hospitality Night (free ticket to hospitality/ service industry workers with valid work 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 took 2 of 3 from the RiverDogs during a home series back in May. The Crawdads are 33-25 against the Yankees affiliate at home since 2009, 59-50 overall.
PROBABLES (Charleston/ Hickory)
Thursday: RHP Harold Cortijo vs. RHP Tyree Thompson
Friday: RHP Luis Medina vs. LHP Tim Brennan
Saturday: TBD vs. RHP Yerry Rodriguez
Sunday: TBD vs. LHP Grant Wolfram/ RHP Hans Crouse
The Crawdads finished off a solid first half with a four-game split at Delmarva (Md.) to cap a 4-3 road trip. Hickory wound up in third place in the Northern Division, but had the third-best record overall in the SAL.
Manager: Matt Hagen (2nd season)
Prospects – (team rankings are by MLB.com):
RHP Hans Crouse No.1 (No. 64 in top-100)
RHP Cole Winn No. 2 (No. 66 in top-100)
IF Jonathan Ornelas No. 18
3B Sherten Apostel No. 22
RHP Ronny Henriquez No. 30
Possible lineups: C: Matt Whatley (.213/.314/.262) or Melvin Novoa (.274/.343/.442); 1B Curtis Terry (.268/.333/.570); 2B Frainyer Chavez (.239/.320/.256); 3B Sherten Apostel (.251/.332/.441); SS Jonathan Ornelas (.263/.330/.403); LF: Kole Enright (.297/.366/.486); CF: Miguel Aparicio (.263/.323/.425) RF: Pedro Gonzalez (.254/.316/.478)
Pedro Gonzalez – tied for 5th homers (12), 9th slugging pct. (.478)
Curtis Terry – 1st doubles (24), 2nd total bases, tied for 2nd home runs (15), 3rd RBI (47), 4th slugging pct. (.570), 4th OPS (.904)
Matt Whatley –10th stolen bases (14)
Grant Anderson T-5th saves (5)
Tim Brennan – 4th WHIP (0.97)
Yerry Rodriguez – 3rd ERA (2.00), tied for 4th wins (6), 5th WHIP (1.00)
Slash line (BA. OBP/ SLG/ OPS):.245 (3rd)/ .314 (8th)/ .412 (2nd)/ .727 (2nd).
Other key rankings: 1st home runs, 2nd total bases, 3rd runs, 12th doubles, 12th walks, 12th strikeouts
4th WHIP (1.20), 5th ERA (3.46), fewest hit batters, 3rd fewest runs allowed, 4th fewest earned runs allowed.
The RiverDogs dropped six of their final 10 games in the first half, which dropped them out of the South Division title. Charleston wound up in third, but a half-game behind Lexington (Ky.), the defending SAL champions.
Manager: Julio Mosquera (2nd season)
Prospects – Charleston (rankings by MLB.com):
C Anthony Seigler No. 6
RHP Roansy Contreras No. 10
RHP Luis Gil No. 13
RHP Luis Medina No. 14
RHP Tanner Myatt No. 27
RHP Harold Cortijo No. 29
Possible Lineups: C: Anthony Siegler (.368/.520/.474) or Eduardo Navas (.139/.248/.157); 1B: Mickey Gasper (.257/.364/.425); 2B: Kyle Gray (.239/.329/.397); 3B: Max Burt (.248/.298/.394); SS: Eduardo Torrealba (.251/.329/.287); LF: Canaan Smith (.309/.399/.498); CF: Brandon Lockridge (.251/.316/.461); RF: Frederick Cuevas (.234/.296/.363)
Kyle Gray – Tied for 4th triples (4), tied for 9th strikeouts
Brandon Lockeridge – 3rd total bases, tied for 5th runs scored, tied for 9th hits, tied for 9th home runs (10), tied for 10th RBI (34)
Tied for 3rd doubles (21)
Canaan Smith – 3rd on-base pct. (.399), tied for 4th walks, 697 OPS (.897), 7th batting avg. (.309), 8th slugging pct. (.498), tied for 9th doubles (16)
Luis Gil – 1st ERA (1.81), tied for 3rd strikeouts
Luis Medina – 1st walks, 9th earned runs allowed
Slash line (BA. OBP/ SLG/ OPS): .240 (6th) / .318 (6th)/ .377 (4th)/ .695 (4th).
Other key rankings: 2nd strikeouts, tied for 2nd hits, 4th doubles, 4th HRs, 4th total bases, 5th runs,
Fewest HRs allowed (31), 4th strikeouts, 5th WHIP (1.21), 9th ERA (3.63)