The Hickory Crawdads fell to the Greensboro Grasshoppers, 6-0, before 1,037 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium on Tuesday evening. The Grasshoppers had a night to remember, tossing a no-hitter against the 'Dads. The Grasshoppers (13-5) got six scoreless innings from Jose Fernandez (W, 2-0),
who struck out eight and only walked two. Greg Nappo then dealt the next two innings before Kevin Cravey close out the no-hitter in the ninth.
Greensboro scored the only run it needed in the top of the second. Aaron Senne led off the inning with a solo home run over the right field wall for a 1-0 lead. The Grasshoppers added another run in the top of the third on an RBI fielder's choice by Josh Adams. They doubled their lead with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth. With runners at second and third and two outs in the frame, Ryan Goetz chopped a two-run single up the middle that made it 4-0.
Greensboro picked up two more runs in the top of the ninth. With runners at second and third and one away, Adams drove in a run with an RBI ground out to the mound. Senne then belted an RBI single to right field, capping the lead at 6-0.
James Wooster of the Grasshoppers saved the no-hitter as he made a diving catch in right field on Rougned Odor's fly ball with one out in the bottom of the ninth.
The Crawdads look to get back on track on Wednesday with an 11 a.m. First Pitch against Greensboro. It will be a special morning Education Day, presented by Sylvan Learning Center, and Senior Day, presented by Kingston Residence. Wednesday will also feature the Bussinessperson's Special, so bring a business card to the Ticket Office for a discounted $5 Box Seat Ticket! Gates open at 10 a.m.....Then, Thursday is Thirsty Thursday, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings, with $1 can beers and Pepsis. Also, Thursday will be the NFL Draft Party - all fans wearing an NFL jersey get a Half Off Ticket! XerockX will perform on the concourse following the game as well. First Pitch is 7 p.m., gates open at 6 p.m.....Catch a game with your best friend on Friday at 7 p.m. during Bark at the Park. All fans are welcome to bring their dogs to the game! It will also be Star Trek Night, with a Half Off Ticket for anyone wearing Star Trek gear. Gates open at 6 p.m.....The 'Dads then welcome the Charleston RiverDogs to L.P. Frans this Saturday with a 6 p.m. First Pitch. It will be Magnet Schedule Giveaway, with the first 1,000 fans with a paid admission receiving a FREE magnet schedule, courtesy of the North Carolina Education Lottery. Saturday's game will also be Little League Night - wear your Little League uniform for a FREE ticket to the game, courtesy of Hickory Daily Record and the Morganton News Herald. There will be a pre-game Blood Drive with the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas from 3 - 6 p.m. - donate blood and receive a FREE ticket to the game! Gates open at 5 p.m.
Individual Tickets for all Crawdads home games are available right now at Hickorycrawdads.com or by calling (828) 322-3000! Group outings, corporate partnerships, Levine Children's Hospital Claw Club memberships and Ticket Books for the 20th Anniversary Season are also available right now by calling the Front Office at (828) 322-3000.