The Game: The Charlotte Stone Crabs swept Tuesday’s doubleheader by defeating the Brevard County Manatees 3-1 in game two at Space Coast Stadium. The Manatees got things rolling with a lead off homer by Lee Haydel to put the Manatees ahead 1-0.
The Stone Crab answered back in the second inning thanks in part to sloppy pitching on the part of the Manatees. Greg Sexton led off the inning with a walk. Sexton then advanced to second on a passed ball, then to third on a wild pitch. John Matulia followed with a single to center to score Sexton and tie the game 1-1.
The tie held until the top of the seventh. Greg Sexton got things going by drawing a walk. Henry Wrigley reached on a fielding error by Brevard County’s Sergio Miranda. John Matulia grounded into a force out to give the Stone Crabs runner on the corners for Ian Paxton. Paxton delivered a two run double to score Sexton and Matulia and give the Stone Crabs the lead 3-1 in which then held on to until the end.
Jose Mejias pitched 4 innings allowing 1 run on 4 hits while striking out 3. Justin Garcia was the winner by pitching 3 no-hit innings and recording 3 strike outs. With the win, Garcia is 5-0 on the season. Jeremy Jeffress was the losing pitcher for Brevard County.
What Went Right: Justin Garcia; 3 no-hit innings in relief to pick up the win.
What Went Wrong: The offense; only recorded 2 hits in the game while combining for 8 K’s.
A Look Ahead: The Stone Crabs finish the series against the Manatees with another doubleheader Wednesday afternoon at Space Coast Stadium. Jeremy Hall (5-4) and Amaury Rivas (4-3) are the pitchers for game 1. David Newmann (3-3) will face Mark Rogers (0-0) in game 2.