The Game: The Charlotte Stone Crabs rallied in the late innings to defeat the Jupiter Hammerheads 5-3 on Monday night at Roger Dean Stadium.
Jupiter struck first in the second inning. Ryan Keedy tripled to right to lead off the inning. Keedy then scored on a wild pitch by Nick Barnese to give them a 1-0 lead.
The Hammerheads added to their lead in the fifth inning. Jeremy Synan drew a walk to start the inning. Synan advanced to second on a passed ball. Robert Taylor then doubled to score Synan. Taylor would later score on a ground ball by Emilio Ontiveros to increase the lead 3-0.
The Stone Crabs battled back to tie the game in the eighth inning. Henry Wrigley and Matt Sweeney delivered back to back singles to lead off the inning. Matt Spring then drew a walk to load the bases. Jake Jefferies plated the first run with a sac fly to score Wrigley. Reid Fronk then tied the game with a pinch hit double to score Sweeney and Spring to tie the game 3-3.
The Stone Crabs comeback rally continued into the ninth inning. Isaias Velasquez singled to center then stole second base. Tim Beckham followed with a walk. Henry Wrigley drove home the go ahead run with an RBI single to center that scored Velasquez. Kyeong Kong drove home an insurance run with a ground ball that scored Beckman from third to increase the lead. Josh Satow entered the game in the ninth to secure the Stone Crabs 5-3 victory.
Nick Barnese pitched 6 innings, allowing 3 runs on 3 hits with 5 strikeouts and a walk. Neil Schenk earned the win, pitching 2 shut-out innings and allowing 1 hit with 4 strikeouts. Josh Satow recorded the save with 1 shut-out inning with 2 strikeouts and a hit.
Stone Crabs Player of the Game: Isaias Velasquez; 4 for 5 with a run scored and three stolen bases.
RP Top Prospect Watch:
Nick Barnese: 3 runs on 3 hits with 5 strikeouts and a walk in 6 innings.
Tim Beckham: 0 for 3 with 2 walks and a strikeout.
Jake Jefferies: 0 for 3 with an RBI, strikeout and a walk.
Kyeong Kang: 2 for 5 with an RBI, 2 strikeouts and a walk.
Matt Sweeney: 2 for 4 with a run scored and a strikeout.
A Look Ahead: The Stone Crabs (9-7) return home to Charlotte Sports Park to kick off a three game series against the St. Lucie Mets (7-10). Joseph Cruz (0-1, 3.60) will start for Charlotte vs Scott Moviel (0-2, 10.29) for St. Lucie.