The Game: Darin Downs picked up his seventh win of the season as the Charlotte Stone Crabs defeated the Lakeland Flying Tigers 1-0 on Tuesday nights at Charlotte Sports Park. Downs and Lakeland’s Thad Weber both pitched outstanding games in keeping their opponent off the board.
The lone run of the game came in the bottoms of the third inning as Ryan Royster hit a solo home run, his first of the year. The homer gave the Stone Crabs a 1-0 lead in which they held to the end.
Darin Downs picked up the win by pitching 7 shutout innings only allowing 5 hits while striking out 10 and walking 3. Matt Gorgen recorded his 10th save of the season by throwing 2 no hit innings with 2 strikeouts.
What Went Right: Darin Downs; win puts him tied with fellow teammate Jeremy Hall with 7 wins, picked up a season high 10 K’s in his 7 inning shutout performance. Ian Paxton; 2 for 3 improving his average to .526 on the year. Emeel Salem; 2 for 4 with 2 triples.
What Went Wrong: Reid Fronk and Henry Wrigley; 0-3 with 2K’s each.
A Look Ahead: The Stone Crabs and Flying Tigers are back at it on Wednesday night at Charlotte Sports Park. Scott Kazmir (0-0) will get the start for the Stone Crabs in a MLB rehab appearance. He will be pitching against Lakeland’s Charles Furbush (4-3).