The Game: The Charlotte Stone Crabs dropped a close game to the Palm Beach Cardinals 3-2 at Roger Dean Stadium, tying the series at one game a piece. Palm Beach jumped out to an early lead in the first inning as Thomas Pham hit an RBI single to left field to score Jermaine Curtis. Then in the second inning, Jose Garcia doubled on a line drive to right field and was later brought home by an RBI triple by Adron Chambers, putting the Cardinals ahead 2-0.
The Stone Crab capitalized in the top of the fifth inning as Palm Beach’s starting pitcher Mark Dispoules issued four consecutive walks to Cody Cipriano, Reid Fronk, Nevin Ashley and then to Ryan Royster, walking across the first Charlotte run of the night. Pedro Powell singled across Reid Fronk to tie the game 2-2. Palm Beach’s relief pitcher Thomas Eager, got out of the inning without any further damage by striking out the side.
Palm Beach regained the lead to stay in the bottom of the fifth as Jose Garcia singled to center and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Adron Chambers. The very next batter, Jermaine Curtis, came through with an RBI double to right, putting Palm Beach back on top 3-2.
Charlotte could not come back and took the loss, dropping to 3-6 on the season. Jeremy Hall (1-1) was charged with the loss going five innings giving up 3 runs on 8 hits while striking out 4. Brian Flores pitched 3 scoreless innings in relief giving up 2 hits and striking out 1. Thomas Eager was the winning pitcher for Palm Beach and Ryan Kulik got the save.
What Went Right: Pedro Powell; 3 for 4 with an RBI. Brian Flores; three scoreless innings of relief pitching. Greg Sexton; continued hitting streak to 7 games.
What Went Wrong: 4 of the 9 Stone Crab batters were hitless on the night.
A Look Ahead: The Stone Crabs look to finish the series against Palm Beach with a win tomorrow as Darin Downs (1-0) opposes Brian Broderick (1-0).