[This article was written by Jim Donten, our Charlotte Stone Crabs correspondent.]
The Game: The Charlotte Stone Crabs lost to St. Lucie 5-2 last night at Tradition Field. St. Lucie's Reese Haven had a one out triple in the bottom of the first, but Alex Cobb got out of the inning unharmed by sitting down the next two batters. Charlotte came back with singles by Reid Fronk and Cody Cipriano, but with two outs and runners in scoring position, Nevin Ashley grounded out to strand the runners.
St. Lucie got on the board in the bottom of the fifth. The Mets loaded the bases with singles by Carlos Guzman and Seth William while Hector Pellot reached on fielding error. Alex Cobb issued a walk to Greg Veloz pushing across the first run. The next batter Reese Havens grounded into a double play but the second run was able to score, putting St. Lucie ahead 2-0.
The Stone Crabs battled back in the seventh inning with a double by Matt Fields. Fields then advanced to third on a wild pitch by Stephen Clyne and then advance home to score on another wild pitch. But St. Lucie closed the door with a three run eighth inning. Zachary Lutz, Ike Davis and Carlos Guzman all contributed to the offense by picking up doubles in the inning.
Charlotte tried to battle back in the ninth inning with an RBI double by Gregory Sexton to score Shawn O'Malley. But it wasn't enough as St. Lucie holds on to the victory 5-2.
Alex Cobb went 5 2/3 innings surrendering 2 runs off 6 hits while striking out 4 and was charged with the loss. Brian Flores made a relief appearance, pitching 1 2/3 innings while giving up 3 runs off 3 hits. Jose Mejias saw 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball. Brad Holt got the win for St. Lucie and Stephen Clyne got the save.
What Went Right: Alex Cobb had another quality start; 5 2/3 IP, 4 K's.
What Went Wrong: Runners in scoring position; 1 for 8 with RISP. Stephen Vogt; still hitless on the season, 0-3 tonight.
A Look Ahead: Charlotte and St.Lucie are back at it tonight at 7:00 for the final game of the three game series.