Greensboro Grasshoppers vs. Charleston RiverDogs
Affiliations: Greensboro – Miami; Charleston – New York Yankees
Games: Thursday, 7:05 p.m.; Friday, 7:05 p.m.; Saturday, 6:05 p.m.; Sunday, 5:05 p.m.
Where: Riley Park
After more than a week on the road, the Charleston RiverDogs return to the Lowcountry and will open an eight-game homestand at Riley Park on Thursday against the Greensboro Grasshoppers and Hickory Crawdads.
The RiverDogs will take on the Grasshoppers in four games beginning Thursday night and finish up the homestand with four games against the Hickory Crawdads, which includes a doubleheader on Monday.
The RiverDogs (18-11) are just 1½ games back of the Lexington Legends in the South Atlantic League’s Southern Division in the second half of the season. The RiverDogs, who have won six straight, are 57-40 overall this season and have the best record in the SAL.
The RiverDogs are led by first baseman Greg Bird, who is coming off one of the best weeklong stretches of his young pro career. Bird, 20, was named the SAL Player of the Week last week after hitting .391 in six games. In 90 games this season, Bird is hitting .289 with a team-high 15 home runs and 66 RBIs.
Charleston infielder Dante Bichette Jr. has started to swing a hot bat. Bichette has a modest six-game hitting streak. In his last nine games, Bichette is hitting .306 with three homers and nine RBIs.
The Grasshoppers feature former North Carolina third baseman Colin Moran, who was the sixth overall pick in the last month’s Major League Draft. In five games, Moran has one home run and has driven in three runs. Greensboro’s roster also features top Miami Marlins prospects Viosergy Rosa and Jesus Solarzano.
The Crawdads have two of the top power hitters in the SAL in Joey Gallo and Ryan Rua. Gallo leads the SAL with 28 home runs, while Rua is second with 26. The Crawdads lead the SAL with 135 home runs. Asheville is second with 82.