Righthanded pitcher Hans Crouse was on the mound for Hickory today for the first time in almost a month — his last outing was in May 26, 2019 — and while it was a short outing, the end results were good. 3 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 2 walks, 2 Ks, 43 pitches, 24 for strikes. No details on how he looked, but Josh Norris of Baseball America was there and should have a write up soon, and just the fact he was back on the mound after his mysterious absence is a good sign.
The Crawdads also got 2.2 scoreless, hitless innings from Jesus Linarez, another one of the seemingly endless supply of big, hardthrowing righties in the Rangers system. Offensively, Miguel Aparicio had 3 hits and was a homer short of a cycle, Pedro Gonzalez had a single and two doubles, and Jonathan Ornelas had a walk and a single.
Down East got stomped, but Sam Huff, who has been slumping of late, had a pair of hits, boosting his OPS on the season to 792.
Frisco got rained out.
Nashville lost, but Eli White and Zack Granite each had two hits.