The Game: The Charlotte Stone Crabs were swept by the division leading Fort Myers Miracle losing 3-2 Sunday at Charlotte Sports Park. The Miracle jumped out to an early lead in the first inning on a two run homer by Rene Leveret to put the Miracle on top 2-0.
The Stone Crabs battled back in the bottom of the first as Emeel Salem got aboard after being hit by a pitch. Salem stole second and then advance to third on a throwing error by Fort Myer’s catcher Allan de San Miguel. Pedro Powel drove Salem home to bring the Stone Crabs within a run of Fort Myers.
Both clubs exchanged runs in the sixth. First it was Fort Myers off an RBI single by Deibinson Romero to score Rene Leveret. Then Charlotte matched runs when Reid Fronk hit an RBI double to left that scored Matt Fields. Charlotte was unable to get another run and Fort Myers held on for a 3-2 win.
Darin Downs suffered the loss pitching 5 1/3 innings giving up 3 runs on 7 hits while walking and striking out 1. Paul Phillips pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up no hits a striking out 1. Chad Bradford appeared in an MLB rehab assignment giving up 1 hit in 1 inning of work. Matt Gorgen finished out the final 2 innings for the Stone Crabs allowing 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 2 and lowering hit ERA to 0.45 on the season. David Bromberg was the winning pitcher for Fort Myers.
What Went Right: Matt Fields; 1-4 with a double and a run scored. Reid Fronk; 1-4 with a double and an RBI.
What Went Wrong: Stranding Runners; Stone Crabs were 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position and left 8 runners stranded.
A Look Ahead: The Stone Crabs are off on Monday and then begin and eight game road trip on Tuesday with a four game series against the Clearwater Threshers (20-19).