After taking three of four games from the Savannah Sand Gnats over the weekend, the Crawdads open a three-game series against the Southern Division Second Half leading Rome Braves tonight at L.P. Frans Stadium. Once they wrap
up the series with the Braves, Hickory hits the road for a four-game set in West Virginia, before returning for the final three regular season home games from Tues., Aug. 28 - Thurs., Aug. 30. The Crawdads are vying for a 2012 posteason appearance in a tight Northern Division race. Hickory is currently 31-25 in the second half, tied for 2nd place with the West Virginia Power, just 1.5 games behind the 1st-place Hagerstown Suns in the Northern Division Second Half Standings. The 'Dads are 67-58 overall in 2012, good for 3rd in the overall standings in the Northern Division.
Mon. vs. Rome - 7 pm
Tues. vs. Rome - 7 pm
Wed. vs. Rome - 11 am
Thurs. @ West Vigrinia - 7:05 pm
Fri. @ West Virginia - 7:05 pm
Sat. @ West Virginia - 7:05 pm
Sun. @ West Virginia - 2:05 pm
Last Week (4-3):
8/13: Crawdads 1 @ Hagerstown 5
8/14: Crawdads 3 @ Hagerstown 4
8/15: Crawdads 14 @ Hagerstown 7
8/16: Crawdads 5 vs. Savannah 6
8/17: Crawdads 6 vs. Savannah 0
8/18: Crawdads 12 vs. Savannah 5
8/19: Crawdads 5 vs. Savannah 3
Battle of the Bags Cornhole Tournament and Thirsty Thursday on Aug. 30 with a $200 Grand Prize!
The Crawdads and Brahma Graphx are teaming up to present the second-annual Battle of the Bags Cornhole Tournament before the final regular season home game on Thurs., Aug. 30! The tournament will start at 6 p.m., before the 'Dads take on the Lexington Legends at 7 p.m. for Thirsty Thursday, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. The Battle of the Bags Grand Prize this year is $200 of cold, hard cash for the 1st-place team! The 2nd-place team will win a custom-made Cornhole set, courtesy of Brahma Graphx, with the 3rd-place team winning $30.
Registration includes a FREE ticket to the game and a FREE t-shirt! Teams of two can pre-register right now for only $30, and day-of registration will also be available for $35. Register NOW by calling the Front Office at (828) 322-3000 or by emailing Director of Special Events Matt Moes at
. Fans can also register at the Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet Customer Care Booth during any Crawdads home game this season.
Player and Team Notes
-Hickory continues to hit the long ball, running their season total to 107, good for 3rd in the league.
-The Crawdads are 3rd in the SAL with a .415 slugging percentage.
-The 'Dads also rank 2nd with 247 doubles and 3rd with 34 triples.
-INF Luis Sardinas is batting .462 (6-for-13) in his last five games.
-INF Alejandro Selen is batting .473 (26-for-55) with runners in scoring position and .402 (33-for-82) with runners on-base, the highest of any Crawdad in both situations.
-OF Zach Cone is hitting .368 (14-for-38) in his last 10 games with eight runs scored and 10 RBIs.
-INF Drew Robinson has the 3rd-most walks in the SAL (79). He leads the team in both walks and RBIs (60).
-Robinson has a .417 average (5-for-12) with eight runs scored and two home runs in his last four games played.
-All-Star RHP Nick Martinez has posted consecutive shutout starts against Asheville and Savannah, allowing just four hits while striking out seven in 12 combined innings.
-RHP Arlett Mavare has struck out 10 batters in his last 7.2 innings of relief work.
2-for-1 Senior, Dollar Day, and Unemployment Day finish the Homestand!
The Crawdads wrap up the homestand with a three-game series against the Rome Braves this week at L.P. Frans Stadium! Check out the details on all of the upcoming FUN at L.P. Frans!
Mon. vs. Rome - 7 p.m.
-2-for-1 Senior Night
-BINGO - We'll be playing BINGO at the ballpark!
-Fans Pick the Games - We'll run the games and promotions that fans have been voting for on the 'Dads Facebook Fan Page!
Tues. vs. Rome - 7 p.m.
-Dollar Day - Buy one ticket, get a second Grandstand Ticket for just $1! Many concessions items only $1 each!
-Fitness Night - Compete for great prizes during the game!
Wed. vs. Rome - 11 a.m.
-Unemployment Day - Show your NCESC-issued debit card for up to four FREE Tickets!
-Businessperson's Special - Bring your business card for a $5 Box Seat Ticket!
-Manpower, Sylvan Learning Center
The Crawdads are back to finish the 2012 Home Schedule from Tues., Aug. 28 - Thurs., Aug. 30! Click here or call (828) 322-3000 for all the info or to get your tickets right now!....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 for the 20th Anniversary Season are also available right now by calling the Front Office at (828) 322-3000.
LEAGUE LEADERS (Through 8/19):
INF Drew Robinson - 79 walks (3rd)
Robinson - .414 on-base percentage (4th)
OF Zach Cone - 16 home runs (T-7th)
C Jorge Alfaro - 5 triples (T-10th)
LHP Victor Payano - 1 complete game (T-2nd)
Payano - 1 shutout (T-1st)
RHP Jerad Eickhoff - 11 wins (T-3rd)
RHP Arlett Mavare - 11.16 strike outs/9 innings pitched as a reliever (3rd)
CRAWDADS LEADERS (Through 8/19):
Batting Average - INF Alejandro Selen (.339)
Home Runs - OF Zach Cone (16)
RBIs - INF Drew Robinson (60)
Stolen Bases - INF Luis Sardinas (30)
Walks - 3B Drew Robinson (79)
Wins - RHP Jerad Eickhoff (11)
ERA - RHP Paul Schwendel (1.56)
Strikeouts - RHP Nick Martinez (95)
Innings Pitched - RHP Jerad Eickhoff (116.2)