The Game: The Charlotte Stone Crabs were on the winning side of a pitching duel against the Palm Beach Cardinals in game one of Friday’s doubleheader. Both teams were held scoreless until the top of the sixth inning.
That’s when the Stone Crabs struck for the one and only run of the contest. John Matulia drew a walk to get things started, then advanced to second on a steal. Drew Anderson then delivered an RBI single to score Matulia and give the Stone Crabs the 1-0 win.
Jack McGee was solid in the three innings he pitched, allowing no runs on 2 hits and striking out 3 with a walk in the no decision. Brian Flores earned his first win of the season by throwing 3 shut-out innings allowing a hit and recoding a strike out and a walk. Richard De Los Santo picked up the save with a no hit inning with a strike out to close the game. Jaimie Garcia suffered the loss for Palm Beach.
What Went Right: Pitching; combined for a complete game shut-out only allowing 3 hits and striking out 5.
What Went Wrong: Run Production; despite having 8 runners on base (4 hits and 4 walks, the Stone Crabs only produced 1 run, going 1 for 3 with runners in scoring position and leaving 4 stranded.
A Look Ahead: The Stone Crabs and Cardinals play game two of the doubleheader. Jeremy Hall (13-5) will face Arquimedes Nieto (0-1).