Friday, April 16, 2010
Charlotte Stone Crabs defeat Fort Myers to avoid sweep
The Game: The Charlotte Stone Crabs avoided the sweep by shutting out the Fort Myers Miracle on Thursday night at Charlotte Sports Park. The Stone Crabs offense came alive combined with lights out pitching, led to the 7-0 victory over their division rivals.
The Stone Crabs took the lead in the second inning. Henry Wrigley doubled to center to lead off the inning. Wrigley advanced to third on a wild pitch then later scored on a double by Matt Sweeney to take a 1-0 lead.
The Stone Crabs added to their lead in the fifth inning with a two out rally. Matt Hall reached on an error to get things started then later stole second. Isaias Velasquez then drew a walk. Tim Beckham followed with a single to right, scoring Hall and moving Velasquez to third. Velasquez later scored on a passed ball to increase the lead to 3-0.
Charlotte posted another run in the sixth inning. Matt Sweeney struck a solo home run to right field. The homer was his third of the season and he is now tied for the league lead in homer. The Stone Crabs now held a 4-0 lead.
The Stone Crabs offense continued to roll in the bottom of the eighth inning. Kyeong Kang led off the inning with a triple to center field. Henry Wrigley plated the run with a sac fly . Jake Jefferies then singled to center followed by back to back walks to Michael Sheridan and Reid Fronk. Matt Hall drove home two runs with a single to center that gave the Stone Crabs a 7-0 win over the Miracle.
Nick Barnese pitched 7 innings and allowed 3 hits with five strikeouts and 1 walk in the win. Zach Quate pitched the final 2 innings giving up a hit with 2 strikeouts. Bobby Lanigan was the losing pitcher for Fort Myers.
Stone Crabs Player of the Game: Matt Sweeney; 2 for 3 with a home run, 2 RBI’s and drew a walk.
RP Top Prospect Watch:
Nick Barnese: no runs, 3 hits, 5 strikeouts and a walk in 7 innings.
Tim Beckham: 1 for 4 with an RBI and a stolen base.
Jake Jefferies: 1 for 4 with a run scored.
Kyeong Kang: 1 for 3 with a triple, run scored and drew a walk.
Matt Sweeney: 2 for 3 with a home run, 2 RBI’s and a walk.
A Look Ahead: The Stone Crabs (4-2) kick off a three game series at Charlotte Sports Park against the Jupiter Hammerheads (5-2). Joseph Cruz (0-0, 1.80) will start for the Stone Crabs against Robert Bono (0-1, 34.71) of Jupiter.
-- By Donten Photography at 5:46 AM