Double Dip in Asheville
After the soggy Sunday afternoon in Asheville causing yesterday’s rain out, be sure to tune in for the doubleheader tonight against the Tourists at McCormick Field, starting at 5:35 p.m. I’d say the Crawdads fared pretty well in their first doubleheader of the season, back on April 11 at L.P. Frans, when the ‘Dads dealt a no-hitter in the first game and cruised to a second consecutive shut out in game two, sweeping the Hot Rods on the evening. So, you might want to listen in tonight on The Big Dawg 92.1 FM and Hickorycrawdads.com to see what the double dip has in store for the ‘Dads.
By the way, Mike Bianucci might never want to leave McCormick Field. The right fielder put together one of the most impressive single game performances in Crawdads history on Friday night, setting a Crawdads record with six hits. Overall, he went 6-for-6 with two home runs (one a grand salami), seven RBIs, three runs scored, three singles, (NOTE: if reading out loud, please take a breath) a double, a stolen base and probably a partridge in a pear tree as well. He did a lot of everything on Friday, just missing the cycle, to lead the Crawdads to the huge 16-6 win.
How do you follow that performance up the next night? I’ll tell ya… Bianucci blasted a laser out of the park to straight away center in his first at-bat on Saturday, then gunned down Asheville’s catcher Jordan Pacheco at the plate later in the game to keep the Tourists off the board in the 4-0 win.
Bianucci is now tied with Crawdads catcher Doug Hogan for the league lead with three homers, and leads the SAL with 13 RBIs already. The Crawdads as a team have outscored opponents, 55-27, on the young campaign and have gone 6-4. I have a feeling that if the ‘Dads keep outscoring their opponents by the rate of 2:1, they’re going to finish the season with a whole lot better winning pct. than their current clip of .600, which is not a bad pct by any means.
It’s definitely been a real good start to the season (cant complain about 2nd lowest team ERA and 2nd highest amount of runs scored in the league, can you?) and it looks like this team just continues to get better and better every time they take the diamond, which should make for a fun doubleheader tonight, before the six-game homestand starting Tuesday.
Oh yeah – have you heard about the No-Hitter Special for tix to Tuesday and/or Wednesday’s home games? In honor of Hickory’s no-hitter, you guys can get 3 tickets for just $7 to either Tuesday or Wednesday’s games against Lexington this week. The amount of tix in the deal applies to the three pitchers that combined to no-hit Bowling Green, and the price of the package is in regard to the seven-inning game. Three tickets for $7, and with the team we have here in Hickory, who know’s what historic game you might see night in and night out? We’ve already had a no-hitter, a six-hit seven-RBI performance by one player, four shut outs… and we’ll have to wait and see what’s next!
‘Til next time, Go ‘Dads!!