The Game: The Charlotte Stone Crabs grabbed their first win at Charlotte Sports Park beating the Sarasota Reds 7-4. The Stone Crabs broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the third inning when Matt Fields hit an RBI single to score Shawn O’Malley. Then they struck again with a three run fourth inning with RBI singles by Nevin Ashley, Emeel Salem and Shawn O’Malley putting the Stone Crabs ahead 4-0.
Sarasota got on the board in the fifth inning as Daniel Perales came through with the sacrifice to score Devon Mesoraco. The Reds tied the game with a three run inning of their own in the sixth. Justin Reed hit an RBI triple to center to score Justin Reed. Yonder Alonso followed by going deep for the second time in the series, hitting a two run homer to right, tying the game 4-4.
The Stone Crabs scored the go ahead run in the bottom of the sixth as Reid Fronk delivered an RBI double to right that scored Shawn O’Malley. They Stone Crabs struck again in the eighth inning as Shawn O’Malley and Matt Fields both picked up triples in the inning and help to push across two more run giving Charlotte the win 7-4.
Jesse Darcy went 5.1 innings as the started surrendering 4 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits while walking 1. Justin Garcia threw one inning of scoreless baseball picking up the win. Austin Hinkle recorded his second save of the season by throwing 2.2 scoreless innings and collected 2 strikeouts. Enerio Del Rosario was the losing pitcher for Sarasota.
What Went Right: The offense; 16 hits, 4 of them for extra bases. Shawn O’Malley; 4 for 5 with 1 RBI and 3 runs scored was a home run shy of the cycle.
What Went Wrong: Stephen Vogt and Emeel Salem were hitless on the night.
A Look Ahead: The Stone Crabs conclude the series with Sarasota as David Newmann (0-1) faces Jeremy Horst (0-1).