The Game: The Charlotte Stone Crabs won their fourth game in a row and moved into second place in the FSL South division by defeating the St. Lucie Mets 4-2 at Charlotte Sports Park.
The Stone Crabs put up a three run inning in the first to take the lead. Shawn O’Malley and Gregory Sexton scored on an errant throw by St. Lucie catcher Rafael Arroyo that made it wall the way to the left field corner. Then the very next batter, Cody Cipriano, homered to right to put the Stone Crabs up 3-0.
St. Lucie scored in the top of the third as Greg Veloz hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Seth Williams. They added another run as Brahiam Maldonado hit a pinch hit home run to narrow the lead 3-2. But Charlotte closed the door in the bottom of the seventh by adding an insurance run as Reid Fronk scored on a fielding error by Greg Veloz.
Darin Downs won his third game of the season by pitching 5 2/3 innings giving up 2 runs on 5 hits and striking out 2. Rayner Oliveros collected 4 strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Paul Phillips earned the save giving up no runs and striking out 3 batters in 2 innings of service. Eric Niesen was the losing pitcher for St. Lucie.
What Went Right: The bullpen recorded 7 strikeouts while giving up 0 runs on 2 hits.
What Went Wrong: Matt Fields; continues to struggle at the plate, 0-4 with 3 strikeouts. Runners in Scoring Position; 0-5 tonight with RISP.
A Look Ahead: The Charlotte Stone Crabs finish out the series against the St. Lucie Mets tomorrow at Charlotte Sports Park.