The Charlotte Stone Crabs returned from the All-Star break to pick up right where they left off, winning. The Stone Crabs defeated the Jupiter Hammerheads 8-1 on Monday night at Roger Dean Stadium.
The offensive combination of Stephen Vogt and Henry Wrigley continued to drive the Stone Crabs offense. Vogt was 3 for 5 with 3 RBI’s while Wrigley knocked home 2 runs to tie the club record for RBI’s in a season with 45. This was all in support of another fine performance by Shane Dyer on the mound.
The Stone Crabs struck first in the third inning. Five consecutive base hits by Tim Beckham, Vogt, Wrigley, Jake Jefferies and Greg Sexton fueled the rally. Wrigley, Jefferies and Sexton recorded the RBI’s to give the Stone Crabs a 3-0 lead.
They added another three runs to their tally in the fourth inning. Matt Hall doubled to left then scored on a single by Isaias Velasquez. Velasquez moved into scoring position on a single by Beckham. Vogt drove the runner home with a single to left field. Beckham would later score on a single by Wrigley to give the Stone Crabs a commanding 6-0 lead.
Jupiter would score their lone run in the bottom of the fourth. Seth Fortenberry tripled to right then scored on a ground out by Daniel Pertusati for the Hammerheads only run.
The Stone Crabs offense struck for the final time in the eighth inning. Reid Fronk and Beckham drew walks combined with a single by Velasquez to load the bases. Vogt plated both runs with a single to center to give them the 8-1 margin of victory.
Dyer earned his third win of the season by pitching 6 innings and allowing 1 run on 8 hits with 3 strikeouts and a walk. Michael Jarman completed the final 3 innings, no runs on 2 hits with 3 strikeouts and recording the save.
The win combined with Bradenton’s loss has given the Stone Crabs a three game lead over Bradenton and Palm Beach as we get closer to the end of the first half of the season.
The series against Jupiter continues Tuesday night with Matt Moore (1-7, 6.08) taking the mound against Johnny Dorn (2-3, 4.86).