The Charlotte Stone Crabs were 2-4 on the week and were swept for the first time in franchise history by the division leading Fort Myers Miracle. The Stone Crabs are currently in second place in the FSL South Division with a 22-19 record and are 5 1/2 games behind first place Fort Myers. Although the 2-4 record doesn’t say much on the performance of the club for the week, the Stone Crabs kept their opponents close as all games this week were won or lost by only 1 run each. The highlight of the week was Matt Fields hitting three home runs during a double header on 5/27 with two of them in the same game, he was the first Stone Crab player in franchise history to hit multiple home runs in a game.
Hitting Leaders: Cody Cipriano continues to lead the team with a .330 batting average which is fourth best in the league and third in the league with a .528 slugging percentage. Matt Fields is second in the league with 9 home runs and now is tied for the league lead in RBI’s with 35. With Pedro Powell being promoted, Shawn O’Malley took over the team lead in stolen bases with 11 swipes this season.
Pitching Leaders: Alex Cobb continues to lead the starters with an ERA of 2.54. Darin Downs is still the win leader of the team with 5 wins and is tied for third in the league in wins. David Newmann is tied for second in the league with 45 strikeouts. Matt Gorgen is second in the league in saves with 7.
Team Stats: The team batting average fell to .238 and the Stone Crabs are now in eleventh place in the FSL. They are fourth in the league in stolen bases with 51. The Stone Crabs held at sixth place in pitching with a team ERA of 3.52. They are fourth in the league in strikeouts with 315 and lead the league with fewest walks issued with only 92.
Transactions: Chad Bradford added to the roster on an MLB rehab assignment (5/24/09). Matthew Hall was promoted to Durham (5/25/09). John Matulia added to the roster from Montgomery (5/27/09). Diogenes Luis added to the roster from Hudson Valley (5/27/09). Pedro Powell promoted to Montgomery (5/27/09).
Injuries: Stephen Vogt (shoulder)
The Week Ahead: 5/28/09-5/29/09: at Clearwater (21-20), 5/30/09-6/2/09: at Tampa (19-24), 6/3/09: vs Daytona (19-21).