The Game: The Charlotte Stone Crabs fell to the Dunedin Blue Jays 6-3 at Dunedin Stadium. The Stone Crabs took an early lead in the first on an RBI single by Greg Sexton to score Shawn O’Malley and give the Stone Crabs a 1-0 lead.
The Stone Crabs extended they lead in the fifth when Omar Luna singled to center score Reid Fronk. They added another in the sixth when Cody Cipriano crossed the plate on a grounder by Ian Paxton to put the Stone Crabs ahead 3-0.
But it all changed in the bottom of the sixth as Dunedin put up a big inning, striking for six runs to take the lead. Kevin Ahrens drove in the first run of the inning on an single to left scoring Moises Sierra. Adam Loewen the drove home Eric Thames. Followed by Justin Jackson driving home Ahrens to tie the game. The tie didn’t last long as Sean Shoffit followed with a three run homer to put the Blue Jays ahead 6-3, which they held to the end.
Darin Downs was charged with the loss, pitching 5 2/3 innings and surrendering 6 runs on 10 hits while striking out 10. Tommy Rafferty threw the final 2 1/3 innings, not allowing a hit striking out 2 and walking 1. Dumas Garcia was the winner for Dunedin.
What Went Right: Tommy Rafferty; 2 1/3 no-hit innings in relief.
What Went Wrong: Darin Downs; surrendered 6 runs in the sixth inning.
A Look Ahead: The Stone Crabs and Blue Jays do it again Friday night at Dunedin Stadium. David Newmann (3-3) will start for the Stone Crabs and will face Vince Bongiovanni (3-3).