The Game: The Charlotte Stone Crabs defeated the St. Lucie Mets 4-2 on Thursday night at Charlotte Sports Park. The win secured a series victory for the Stone Crabs.
The Stone Crabs took the lead in the first inning. Tim Beckham drew a walk to put a runner on the bases. Beckham advanced to third on a double by Stephen Vogt. Henry Wrigley plated the run with a single to score Beckham and give the Stone Crabs a 1-0 lead.
The Stone Crabs increased their lead in the fourth inning. Matt Sweeney opened the inning with a double to left. Jake Jefferies advanced Sweeney to third on a bunt single. Michael Sheridan drove home the run with a sac fly to increase the lead to 2-0.
Charlotte added to their total in the seventh inning. Stephen Vogt delivered his first homer of 2010 to give the Stone Crabs a 3-0 lead.
The Mets reached the scoreboard in the eighth inning. Eric Campbell his a solo home run for their first run of the contest.
Michael Sheridan answered back with a solo home run to give the Stone Crabs an insurance run and a 4-1 lead.
St. Lucie added another run in the ninth inning when Richard Lucas scored on a wild pitch. But Josh Satow rallied to get out of the inning and secure the 4-2 Stone Crabs victory.
Chris Andujar earned the victory, pitching 5 1/3 innings shut-out innings and allowed 2 hits with 2 strikeouts and 3 walks. Neil Schenk pitched 1 2/3 scoreless inning with a hit and 3 strikeouts. Matt Bush made his Stone Crabs debut by pitching an inning and allowing 1 run on 1 hit with 2 strikeouts. Josh Satow recorded the save with 1 run on 2 hits with a strikeout in the final frame.
Stone Crabs Player of the Game: Henry Wrigley continued to be hot at the plate, going 3 for 4 with an RBI.
RP Top Prospect Watch:
Tim Beckham: 0 for 3 with a walk and a run scored.
Jake Jefferies: 2 for 4.
Matt Sweeney: 1 for 4 with a double and a run scored.
A Look Ahead: The Stone Crabs (11-8) head to McKechnie Field to open a three game set against the division leading Bradenton Marauders (13-7). Matt Moore (0-1, 4.41) will get the start against Brian Morris (1-0, 1.31).