Monday, June 22, 2009

Charlotte Stone Crabs drop game one of doubleheader against St. Lucie

Charlotte Stone CrabsThe Game: The Charlotte Stone Crabs and St. Lucie Mets faced off in a completion of a suspended game from May 19th in the first of two games on the schedule Monday evening at Tradition Field. The game picked up in the top of the third inning with Charlotte ahead 1-0 and the Stone Crabs holding home field advantage despite the game being played in St. Lucie.

St. Lucie put three runs on the scoreboard in the top of the third inning thanks in part by back to back triples. Jordan Abruzzo reached on a fielder’s choice and then was drove home by an RBI triple by Brahiam Maldonado. Maldonado did not stay at third long as Hector Pellot followed with an RBI triple. Kirk Nieuwenhuis singled to score Pellot and give the Mets a 3-1 lead.

The Mets added an insurance run in the top of the sixth inning. Greg Veloz and Francisco Pena got thing going with back to back singles and then were advanced to second and third off a ground out by Carlos Guzman. Then Veloz scored on a wild pitch by Brian Flores to give the Mets a 4-1 lead.

The Stone Crabs try to mount a rally in the bottom of the sixth inning as Henry Wrigley led the inning off with a triple to right and then was drove home by Christian Lopez. They momentum continued into seventh as Matt Hall doubled to left and later scored on a throwing error by Manuel Alvarez. But the Stone Crabs were unable to manufacture any more runs and took the loss 4-3 in seven innings.

Brian Flores pitched for the Stone Crabs and suffered the loss by allowing 4 runs off 5 hits in 4/13 innings while striking out and walking 3. John Maine worked an MLB rehab assignment and picked up the win for St. Lucie.

What Went Right: Henry Wrigley; 1 for 1 with a triple, run scored and drew a walk.

What Went Wrong: Brian Flores; 4 runs on 5 hits in 4 1/3 innings.

A Look Ahead: The Charlotte Stone Crabs and St. Lucie Mets play game two of the doubleheader at Tradition Field. Jeremy Hall (7-4) will oppose Oliver Perez who is in St. Lucie on an MLB rehab assignment.

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