The Hickory Crawdads topped the Lexington Legends 5-3 at L.P. Frans Stadium Wednesday night. With the win, Hickory now trails the Hagerstown Suns by three games for first place in the North Division and for the final playoff spot in
the South Atlantic League with five games remaining in the regular season. Greensboro defeated Hagerstown 4-0 Wednesday night. Despite the loss, the Suns magic number to clinch remains at four.
Rougned Odor and Jordan Akins both homered for the Crawdads (72-62; 36-29) in Wednesday night's win. Odor's lead-off home run gave the Crawdads a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third. A run-scoring single by Kevin Torres in the fourth made it 3-1. Chan Jong Moon homered in the top of the fifth making it a one-run game at 3-2, but the Crawdads padded their lead in the bottom of the sixth. With two down, Torres singled to keep the inning alive and Akins. Akins followed with a towering two-run shot off the batter's eye beyond the center field wall that gave Hickory a 5-2 lead.
Jerad Eickhoff (13-7) went five innings and picked up the win. He gave two earned runs on seven hits in five innings. Greg Williams came on in relief in the sixth and tossed two scoreless innings; and with the Crawdads leading 5-3 in the ninth, Taylor Dennis shut the door with runners at first and third and one out as he enduced a game-ending double play ball for his third save.
Don't miss the final regular season home game of the 2012 campaign this Thursday at 7 p.m.! It will be Thirsty Thursday, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings! Enjoy $1 can beers and Pepsis during the game, and stick around for a post-game concert with Banned on Wednesday! Thursday also features the Battle of the Bags Cornhole Tournament at 6 p.m. with a $200 grand prize! Call the Front Office at (828) 322-3000 to register now....Individual Tickets for all Crawdads home games are available right now at Hickorycrawdads.com or by calling (828) 322-3000! Group 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.
Rangers Extend Partnership Through 2014
The Texas Rangers and Hickory Crawdads announced on Wednesday that they have extended their Player Development Contract through the end of the 2014 season. The Crawdads have been the South Atlantic League affiliate of the Rangers since the 2009 campaign.
The Crawdads have enjoyed great on-field success as an affiliate of the Rangers, making the SAL Playoffs in two of the first three seasons with Texas and currently finding themselves in the hunt for the 2012 postseason. Hickory posted a league-best 79-58 record in 2011, including the 'Dads first 1st-Half Northern Division Championship since the 2003 season. Since the start of the Texas affiliation, the Crawdads have logged a winning record of 288-260.
"On behalf of our President Nolan Ryan and our General Manager Jon Daniels, I would like to thank the Crawdads Ownership and Management for providing us another opportunity to extend our affiliation," said Texas Rangers Senior Director of Player Development Tim Purpura. "We have enjoyed our time in Hickory and we look forward to much success in future years."
In their time with the Rangers, the 'Dads have had numerous prospects enjoy individual on-field accolades. Since 2009, Hickory has had 18 players named to the SAL Midseason All-Star Game and four voted to the SAL Postseason All-Star Team. In 2011, SS Jurickson Profar gained the league's top honor as the SAL Most Valuable Player and also became the first player to ever suit up in the prestigious MLB Future's Game as a current member of the Crawdads. On the big league scale, seven players have already debuted in the Major Leagues who played in Hickory under the Rangers affiliation.
"We are excited about the opportunity to be affiliated with the Texas Rangers for another two seasons - they are an excellent organization both on and off the field," said Crawdads General Manager Mark Seaman. "From day one of our relationship, the Rangers have been a pleasure to work with. The talent they have brought to Hickory speaks for itself and we look forward to much more of it for seasons to come."
For more information about the Hickory Crawdads, visit Hickorycrawdads.com or call the Front Office at (828) 322-3000.
Photo Courtesy: Jerod Eickhoff, Hickory Crawdads