The Game: The Charlotte Stone Crabs defeated the St. Lucie Mets 6-4 on Tuesday night at Charlotte Sports Park. The Stone Crabs started strong by posting five runs to the scoreboard in the first inning. Fernando Perez singled to left to lead off for the Stone Crabs. Perez then stole second and Shawn O’Malley drew a walk to put a second runner on base. Drew Anderson followed with a bunt for a single to load the bases. Henry Wrigley drove home two runs with single to left, scoring Perez and O’Malley. Ryan Royster then plated Anderson with a line drive to right with Wrigley advancing to third on an error. John Matulia singled with a bunt scoring Wrigley. Then Nevin Ashley drove home Royster to give the Stone Crabs a 5-0 lead.
Three errors in the top of the second inning by the Stone Crabs aided the Mets in scoring their first run of the game. Francisco Pena reached on an fielding error to lead the inning and then advanced to second on a throwing error, both charged to Matt Hall. Carlos Guzman followed with a single to center advancing Pena to third. Brahiam Maldonado reached base and Pena scored on a fielding error by Shawn O’Malley to give St. Lucie their first run of the night.
The Stone Crabs added another run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Ryan Royster doubled to center to start the inning. John Matulia followed with a single to advance Royster to third. Then Nevin Ashley delivered an RBI single to score Royster and increase the Charlotte lead 6-1.
St. Lucie made things interesting in the seventh by scoring three runs on a home run by Zach Lutz to bring the Mets to within two. But Richard De Los Santos came in and preserved the lead giving the Stone Crabs a 6-4 win.
Ryan Morse started the game for Charlotte, pitching 3 innings and allowing 1 unearned run on 4 hits. Chad Bradford followed pitching 1 inning as a part of his rehab schedule, allowing no hits and striking out 2 in earning the win. Justin Garcia pitched 3 innings and allowed 3 runs on 3 hits while striking out 4 and walking 1. Richard De Los Santos pitched the final two innings and recorded the save allowing no runs on 1 hits with a strike out. Salvador Aguilar was the losing pitcher for St. Lucie.
What Went Right: Ryan Royster; extended his hitting streak to 10 games by going 2 for 4 with a double, RBI and 2 runs scored.
What Went Wrong: Matt Hall: 0 for 3 with a strikeout and committed 2 errors on the field.
A Look Ahead: The Stone Crabs and Mets play game two of the series on Wednesday night at Charlotte Sports Park. It will be David Newmann (6-6) on the mound against Scott Shaw (5-7).