The Game: The Charlotte Stone Crabs saw their winning streak snapped thanks to a 2-0 shutout at the hands of the Lakeland Tigers in game two of Monday’s doubleheader at Joker Marchant Stadium. The streak stands as the longest winning streak of the season at six games.
Lakeland scored their first run in the bottom of the first inning. Justin Henry led off the game with a single to left and advanced to second on a botched pickoff attempt. Henry then stole third and was driven home on an RBI single by Michael Bertram to give the Flying Tigers a 1-0 lead.
The Flying Tigers added an insurance run in the bottom of the fourth thanks to back to back doubles. Jeramy Laster got the inning started with a double left field. Audy Ciriaco followed with an RBI double to left that scored Laster and gave the Flying Tigers a 2-0 lead which they never relinquished.
Brian Flores suffered the loss by allowing 2 runs on 6 hits while striking out 5 and walking 1 in 3 2/3 innings. Justin Garcia finished out the final 2 1/3 innings by no allowing a run and only giving up 1 hit while striking out 6. Andrew Hess picked up the victory for Lakeland.
What Went Right: Justin Garcia; 2 1/3 shutout innings from the bullpen with 6 K’s.
What Went Wrong: The Offense; unable to manufacture a run on 6 hits, going 0-4 with runners in scoring position and stranding 7 runners on base.
A Look Ahead: The Stone Crabs and Flying Tigers complete the four game series on Tuesday night at Joke Marchant Stadium. David Newmann (5-4) is the scheduled starter for Charlotte.