The Game: A franchise high five errors and a lack of offense support led to the Charlotte Stone Crabs being shut out by the Dunedin Blue Jays 11-0 Saturday night at Charlotte Sports Park. The Blue Jays offense wasted no time getting started as Darin Mastroianni led off with a single to right and then later advanced two second on a throwing error by Jose Mejias on a pick-off attempt. Eric Thames cleared the bases with a home run to give the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead.
Dunedin stuck again the top of the third. Once again it was Darin Mastroianni getting things going by hitting a routine fly ball to right…well routine on any other night as Reid Fronk committed the second error of the night and the out was easily turned into a triple. John Tolisano followed with a RBI double to center and the Blue Jays took a 3-0 lead.
It was the fourth inning when things went from bad to worse as the Blue Jays struck for six runs in the inning. The Stone Crabs assist Dunedin by committing two errors, throwing two wild pitches and a walk. Kevin Ahrens and Manuel Rodriquez hit back to back doubles to get the inning started. Then it was the first wild pitch of the inning that allowed Ahrens to score. Jonathan Jaspe drew a walk and then advanced to second on the second wild pitch of the inning. Raul Barron followed with a 2 run triple. Back to back errors by Jason Bartlett and Henry Wrigley led to another run for the Blue Jays as Barron crossed the plate. Eric Thames drove in the final run of the inning and Dunedin now had a commanding 9-0 lead.
But the Blue Jays still weren’t finished, adding a run in the sixth and another in the ninth. John Tolisano hit a sac fly to score Sean Shoffit in the top of the sixth. And in the ninth inning it was an RBI single by Kevin Ahrens that score Scott Campbell and pushed the score to 11-0.
Jose Mejias suffered the loss in his second start of the season and left the game in the fourth inning with a leg injury. Mejias pitched 3 innings allowing 9 runs (6 of them earned) on 6 hits with 4 strikeouts and a walk. Tommy Rafferty took over for Mejias pitching 3 innings and allowing 1 run on 2 hits with a strikeout. Matt Gorgen continued to be dominate pitching 2 no-hit innings recording 3 strikeouts. Shawn Williams pitched the ninth frame allowing 1 run on 2 hits with a strikeout and a walk. Kenny Rodriguez was the winning pitcher for the Blue Jays.
What Went Right: Matt Gorgen; 2 no-hit innings in relief, lowing his ERA to 0.29. Jason Bartlett; only Stone Crabs to record multiple hits by going 2 for 3.
What Went Wrong: Errors; season high 5 errors. Lack of offense; 0 runs on 5 hits while striking out 7 times and only put a runner in scoring position twice on the night.
A Look Ahead: The Stone Crabs and Blue Jays wrap up the series on Sunday evening at Charlotte Sports Park. Jesse Darcy will get the start for the Stone Crabs and Charles Huggins is the probable started for Dunedin.
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