Friday, June 26, 2009

Stone Crabs begin second half of season with loss to Dunedin

Charlotte Stone CrabsThe 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).


  1. CORRECTION: The official scoring indicates that the six runs scored off Darin Downs were unearned. So I guess the What Went Wrong for the game should be Omar Luna; had he not comitted the error in the sixth, the runs would not have crossed the plate (in theory).

    I still do not understand how you can rewind an inning and say if this one event did not happen, nothing else in the inning would have ever occured. I could understand not charging him with the runner that should have been out on the force and maybe (and I stress maybe) the hitter since it should have been a double play. But to wipe out the entire inning for it, I think is insane. But hey thats just an opinion and it looks good for Downs and keeps his ERA down.

  2. Yeah, the theory is that of the first 5 batters went single error single strikeout strikeout, and if the error was converted into an out, the inning would've been over right then. It's not the best way, and it's one more argument in the case against ERA as a useful measure.