The Game: The Charlotte Stone Crabs extended their winning streak to three games tonight as they beat the St. Lucie Mets 3-1 at Charlotte Sports Park. The game started on a wild note as Matt Fields was hit by a pitch by Angel Calero and Jeremy Hall followed up by hitting Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Francisco Pena. But both teams quickly put it aside and went back to baseball.
The Stone Crabs got out to an early lead in the first inning Emeel Salem led off the inning with a double. Salem advanced to second on an sacrifice by Shawn O’Malley and was brought home on a fly ball by Gregory Sexton to put Charlotte ahead 1-0.
Both pitchers dueled with four scoreless frames before Charlotte put another run on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning when Matt Fields hit an RBI single to score Shawn O’Malley and put the Stone Crabs ahead 2-0. They added another run in the next inning as Reid Fronk scored on an RBI double by Stephen Vogt.
St. Lucie scored their only run on the night in the top of the eight inning as Kirk Nieuwenhuis singled to center and made it all the way around to score on the play thanks in part to a fielding error by Emeel Salem. But it was too little to late and Charlotte held on for the victory 3-1.
Jeremy Hall got the victory pitching 5 scoreless innings giving up 3 hits and striking out 2. Brian Flores threw 2 1/13 inning giving up 1 run on 4 hits. Justin Garcia picked up his first save of the season going 1 2/3 no-hit innings striking out 2. Angel Calero was the loser for St. Lucie.
What Went Right: Jeremy Hall; 5 scoreless innings on the mound.
What Went Wrong: Shawn Williams; 0-4 with 3 strikeouts. Ryan Royster; 0-3 with 2 strikeouts.
A Look Ahead: The Charlotte Stone Crabs and St. Lucie Mets are back at it tomorrow night for game two of the series. Darin Downs (2-0) will face Eric Niesen (0-1).