The Game: The Charlotte Stone Crabs defeated the Jupiter Hammerheads 7-4 on Wednesday at Roger Dean Stadium. The teams sat out a 1 hour and nine minute rain delay before getting the contest started. Once the game got underway, the Stone Crabs wasted no time in getting ahead by positing two runs in the first inning. Cody Cipriano delivered a two run double to score Emeel Salem and Shawn Williams giving the Stone Crabs a 2-0 lead.
Charlotte added another run in the third inning. Emeel Salem singled on a bunt to second and then later scored on an RBI double by Henry Wrigley. The Stone Crabs increased their lead to 3-0.
Jupiter scored their first run of the night in the bottom of the fourth inning. Brandon Tripp hit a solo home run to right field and bring the Hammerheads within 2 runs.
The Stone Crabs led of the sixth inning with back to back singles by Henry Wrigley and Cody Cipriano. John Matulia then drew a walk to load the bases. Christian Lopez was hit by a pitch to score Wrigley and Shawn O’Malley drew a walk to score Cipriano and give the Stone Crabs a 5-1 lead.
But the Hammerheads matched the Stone Crabs by also posting two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Louis Ott started off the inning by drawing a walk. Ben Harrison cleared the bases with a two run homer and the Hammerheads pulled back within two runs, 5-3.
The Stone Crabs picked up some insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning. Cody Cipriano got things going with a walk and then later scored on a double by John Matulia. Matt Hall followed with a single to score Matulia and increase the Charlotte lead to 7-3.
The Hammerheads fought back to score another run in the eighth as Ben Harrison hit his second home run of the night, a solo shot to right. But Matt Gorgen took over the mound in the ninth and closed the door to give the Stone Crabs a 7-4 victory.
Darin Downs improved to 8-4 with the win by pitching 6 innings and allowing 3 runs on 5 hits while striking out 5 and walking 2. Jose Mejias pitched 2 innings in relief and allowed 1 run on 2 hits while striking out 1 and walking 2. Matt Gorgen pitched a no hit inning to record the save. Elih Villanueva was the losing pitcher for Jupiter.
What Went Right: Cody Cipriano; 2 for 3 with a double, 2 RBI’s and 3 runs scored while walking twice. John Matulia; 2 for 3 with 2 doubles and RBI and a run scored.
What Went Wrong: Shawn O’Malley; 0-4 with 3 strikeouts.
A Look Ahead: The Stone Crabs will play the Hammerheads in game two of the series on Thursday at Roger Dean Stadium. David Newmann (4-3) is scheduled to pitch against Jeff Allison (3-7).