The Game: The Charlotte Stone Crabs were shut-out by the Tampa Yankees 9-0 on Monday night at Charlotte Sports Park. Tampa jumped out to an early lead in the second inning and never looked back. Kevin Smith started off the second with a double to left. Jack Rye drew a walk and Walter Ibarra singled to load the bases for the Yankees. Luis Nunez then drove in two runs with a double to left. Austin Romine followed with a two run triple to give Tampa a 4-0 advantage.
Tampa added a run in the sixth on a solo home run by Kevin Smith. Then two more in the seventh. Daniel Brewer singled to right and Austin Romine was hit by a pitch to put runners on the base path for the Yankees. Damon Sublett singled to score Brewer and Brandon Laird drove home Romine to increase the Yankees lead to 7-0.
But the Yankees offense was not finished, posting a pair of runs in the eight and ninth innings. David Adams delivered a solo home run in the eight. The Kevin Smith singled to start the ninth and advanced to second on a wild pitch by Brian Flores. Jack Rye then hit an RBI single to right that scored Adams. The pitching staff combined to keep the Stone Crabs off the scoreboard and Tampa took the win 9-0.
David Newman suffered the loss by giving up 4 runs off 5 hits in 4 innings, striking out 2 and walking 3. Jose Mejias pitched 4 innings and allowed both home runs, surrendering 4 runs on 6 hits while striking out 4 and hitting 2 batters. Brian Flores pitched the final inning, allowing 1 run on 2 hits while striking out 2 and walking 1. Lance Pendleton was the winning pitcher for Tampa.
What Went Right: Shawn Williams; 2 for 2 and drew a walk, one of only two Stone Crabs to record multiple hits in the game (Omar Luna was the other 2 for 4).
What Went Wrong: Pitching; staff combined to allow 9 runs on 13 hits and allowing 2 home runs.
A Look Ahead: The Stone Crabs and Yankees do it again in game three of the series Tuesday night at Charlotte Sports Park. Jeremy Hall (12-4) is scheduled to pitch against Craig Heyer (3-3).