A: Hickory Crawdads (TEX) 9, @ Savannah Sand Gnats 2?
This Hickory Crawdads team is quite seriously like no other a-ball team I, or the South Atlantic League has ever seen. They are on pace to easily surpass both the South Atlantic League's single-season homerun and strikeout records for an offense. Through 82 games, Hickory has hit 120 homers (1.5 per game) and fanned 859 times (10.5 per game). Over a full season, that's 205 homeruns and 1,466 strikeout pace. The SAL record for homers in a year is 173 and strikeouts 1,380.
Tuesday, 3B Joey Gallo, who entered the game in an 0-for-20 skid, hit a grand slam off Julian Hilario and a three-run jack off Wanel Mesa. Both were absolutely crushed to right-center, the big part of Historic Grayson Stadium. He also hit a ball to the front of the warning track against Gabriel Ynoa in his first AB that would go out of about 97% of other professional baseball stadiums. Gallo for the night: 2-for-5, 2 HR, 7 RBI. At 19 years old, Gallo now leads all of minor league baseball with 25 homeruns. He's also hitting just .233/.322/.558 overall thanks to 125 strikeouts in 78 games. He's drawn 35 walks, which is fine, but he's striking out in 38% of his plate appearances. He's big (6'5"), strong (205 lbs) with a length in his swing, and he's trying to put the ball over the wall on every swing. It's wildly entertaining to watch.