The Charlotte Stone Crabs maintained their division lead by splitting a doubleheader against the Palm Beach Cardinals on Wednesday at Roger Dean Stadium. Game one saw the Cardinals shutting out the Stone Crabs 3-0. Game two was a 3-2 Stone Crabs win.
In game one, the Stone Crabs struggled to push across a run. They managed eight hits in the game, but the Cardinals found a way to keep the run off the Scoreboard.
The Cardinals picked up their first run in the third inning. Tony Cruz singled to center to score Thomas Pham and give them a 1-0 lead.
Palm Beach extended their lead an inning later. Richard Rocobaldo and Alex Castellanos singled back to back to lead off the inning. Then Nick Derba was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Pham drove home the first run of the inning. A bases loaded walk to Colt Sedbrook scored the second run to give the Cardinals the 3-0 margin of victory.
Palm Beach's Scott McGregor picked up a complete game shut-out. Shane Dyer also pitched a complete game but was charged with the loss, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits with 2 strikeouts and a walk in the outing.
Game two seemed to take the same route as the first game with Palm Beach taking the lead in the third inning. Jarred Bogany singled to short. Pham followed with an RBI triple to break up the scoreless tie. Pham then scored on a sac fly by Nick Derba giving them a 2-0 lead.
But the Stone Crabs were determined to not follow the precedence set by the first game as they struck for runs in the fourth inning. Reid Fronk, Jake Jefferies and Greg Sexton all singled to load the bases for the Stone Crabs. Then Michael Sheridan drove home three runs with a triple to right field. The Stone Crabs took a 3-2 lead in which they never relinquished.
Chris Andujar earned the win, pitching 5 innings and allowing 2 runs on 3 hits with 2 walks. Josh Satow recorded the save with 2 no hit innings and 2 strikeouts.
The Stone Crabs and Cardinals will wrap up the set on Thursday night at Roger Dean Stadium.