The Game: The Charlotte Stone Crabs battled back to tie the FSL Championship Series by defeating the Tampa Yankees 3-1 on Tuesday night at Charlotte Sports Park. With the win, the series is now tied 2-2.
The Stone Crabs were led by a dominating performance on the mound by David Newmann. Newmann pitched a no-hitter through seven innings and held the shut-out into the ninth.
Charlotte broke the scoreless tie in the sixth inning. Nevin Ashley singled to right to lead off the inning. Drew Anderson drew a walk later in the inning. Greg Sexton followed with a home run to left field, giving the Stone Crabs a 3-0 lead.
The Yankees tried to mount a comeback in the ninth inning. Daniel Brewer got thing started with a single to left. David Adams followed with a double to center, advancing Brewer to third. Then Damon Sublett followed with a ground ball to first that scored Brewer and moved Adams to third. Richard De Los Santos came into the game and recorded the final out to give the Stone Crabs the 3-1 win.
David Newman earned the victory, pitching 8 2/3 innings and allowed 1 run on 4 hits while striking out 4 and walking 1. Richard De Los Santos recoded the save by getting the third out in the ninth inning to nail down the Stone Crabs win. Ryan Zink was the losing pitcher for Tampa.
What Went Right: David Newmann; 6 no-hit innings before giving up a hit in the seventh enroute to his second post season win.
What Went Wrong: Mat Hall; continues to struggle at the plate in the post season, 0-2 on the night and now hitting .087 in the playoffs.
A Look Ahead: The Stone Crabs win forces the championship into crucial game five where the winner will be named the 2009 Florida State League Champions. The Stone Crab and Yankees will take the field for game five on Wednesday night at Charlotte Sports Park.