The Game: The Charlotte Stone Crabs dropped game two of Friday’s doubleheader against the Palm Beach Cardinals by the score of 2-1. Palm Beach scored both of their runs in the first inning. Justin Garcia and Adron Chambers led off the inning with back to back singles. Matt Carpenter drove home the first run with a sacrifice fly to score Garcia. Then Alex Castellanos delivered an RBI triple that score Chambers to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead.
The Stone Crabs cut the lead in half in the sixth inning. Omar Luna reached on a fielder’s choice then advanced to second an a single by Emeel Salem. Then Luna advanced to third on an errant throw on the pickoff attempt, giving the Stone Crabs runners on the corners. Drew Anderson followed with a ground ball to short that scored Luna and moved the Stone Crabs to within a run of the lead. The Stone Crabs were unable to push across another run and took the loss 2-1.
Despite being charged with the loss, Jeremy Hall had another strong outing. Hall allowed 2 runs on 5 hits with 5 strikeouts in the complete game. After the first inning, Hall only allowed 2 additional hits and had a run of 10 batters in a row retired between the second and fifth innings. Arquimedes Nieto was the winning pitcher for Palm Beach.
What Went Right: Jeremy Hall; complete game, 5 strikeouts and 2 runs on 5 hits.
What Went Wrong: Offensive Production; only 3 hits in the game and went 0-4 with runners in scoring position.
A Look Ahead: The Stone Crabs and Cardinals match up again on Saturday night at Roger Dean Stadium. Alex Cobb (6-5) returns from the DL to pitch against Richard Castillo (5-11).