The Game: The Charlotte Stone Crabs snapped their three game losing streak by defeating the Lakeland Flying Tigers 5-1 at Charlotte Sports Park on Monday night. Lakeland lit up the scoreboard by a solo home run by Jeramy Laster in the top of the second to put the Flying Tigers ahead 1-0.
The Stone Crabs responded in the bottom of the second by putting four runs on the board. Cody Cipriano led the inning off with a double to right, followed by Henry Wrigley drawing a walk. John Matulia then laid down a bunt to advance the runners that was misplayed by Lakeland pitcher Andrew Hess to put Matulia aboard and load the bases for the Stone Crabs. Ryan Royster doubled to score Cipriano and Wrigley. Ian Paxton followed with a single to score Matulia. Then it was Matt Hall who drove in Royster to give the Stone Crabs the lead 4-1.
Henry Wrigley hit a solo homer to the Tiki Bar in left center field in the sixth inning to add an insurance run for the Stone Crabs and give them the 5-1 margin of victory.
Jeremy Hall took the start for David Newmann as Newmann was scratched with a hand injury. Hall allowed 1 run off 4 hits and 7 strikeouts in 7 innings pitched. Justin Garcia finished the final 2 innings allowing 1 hit and recorded a strikeout. Andrew Hess was the losing pitcher for the Flying Tigers.
What Went Right: Jeremy Hall; 7 K’s and 1 earned run in 7 innings enroute to his league leading seventh win of the season. Henry Wrigley; 2 for 3 with a home run (his first as a Stone Crab), 1 RBI and 2 runs scored.
What Went Wrong: Matt Hall; 0-3 night lowered his average to .151 on the season.
A Look Ahead: The Stone Crabs and Flying Tigers face off in game two of the series on Tuesday night at Charlotte Sports Park. Darin Downs (6-2) will throw against Thad Weber (4-3).