On May 21, RailRiders outfielder Thomas Neal announced on Twitter that he is donating $20 for every hit he compiles from then until the Triple-A All-Star Game on July 17 at Reno to the victims of the deadly tornado in Moore, Okla. The RailRiders are also matching Neal’s contributions.
When Neal started action on May 21, his average was .323. Since then, his average has risen to .331 and was at a highwater mark of .359 on May 31 after hitting safely in nine of 10 games. He was called up to New York on Friday with a team-high batting average of .339, which was fourth in the International League.
SWB games remaining until All-Star Game: 32
Total hits: 26 in 20 games
Hits the last seven days: 7 in 4 games
Total contributions by Neal and the RailRiders: $1,040