The Charlotte Stone Crabs battled back from a three run deficit to defeat the Clearwater Threshers 4-3 on Saturday night at Charlotte Sports Park.
Henry Wrigley was the hero of the night, bashing two home runs and being responsible for three of the Stone Crabs runs of the game.
Clearwater broke the scoreless tie in the third inning. Nick Barnese gave up back to back singled to Anthony Gose and Tim Kennelly before the three run homer by Harold Garcia to put the Threshers ahead 3-0.
The Stone Crabs began their comeback in the fifth inning. With Stephen Vogt on first, Wrigley struck his first home run of the evening. The two run blast brought the Stone Crabs within one, 3-2.
The Stone Crabs then took the lead in the seventh inning. Wrigley tied the game with a solo home run to left field. Jake Jefferies followed by drawing a walk then later scoring on an RBI double by Greg Sexton. The Charlotte bullpen kept the Threshers off the board for the remainder of the game to give the Stone Crabs a 4-3 win.
Despite the hiccup of the third inning Nick Barnese delivered a quality start, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits with 7 strikeouts and 1 walk in 6 innings. Neil Schenk earned the win, improving to 2-0 with a perfect seventh inning. Zach Quate walked away with his eighth save of the year, throwing two shut-out innings allowing only 1 hit while striking out 3.
The Stone Crabs return to action on Sunday against the Threshers in the second game of the series. Joseph Cruz (3-4, 4.64) is scheduled to start for Charlotte versus JC Ramirez (3-2, 4.90) for Clearwater.