O’Conner Named FSL Player of the Week

Justin O'Conner Justin O’Conner has been named the Florida State League Hitter of the Week for the week ending on July 27. O’Conner went 10 for 26 with 2 doubles and four home runs during the week. He enjoyed a 4 for 4 night on Friday against Dunedin where he had a double and a home run during the game. O’Conner is now hitting .276 with 30 doubles, 2 triples, 10 home runs and 42 RBI’s in 75 games for the Stone Crabs.

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GCL Rays Postponed

Monday’s GCL Rays game against the GCL Twins was postponed due to rain at the Lee County Sports Complex.  The game will be played as part of a doubleheader on Tuesday at Charlotte Sports Park. Game one of the doubleheader will begin at 1100 with game two following about thirty minutes after the conclusion of game one.

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Series Preview: Stone Crabs vs Tampa Yankees

Tampa-YankeesThe Stone Crabs return home to Charlotte Sports Park for the start of an eight game homestand. They host the Tampa Yankees for the first four games of the homestand. The season series is tied at 2 games each. The Stone Crabs are hitting .267 against Tampa and has a 2.08 team ERA in the season.

The Stone Crabs return home following a successful North Division road trip. The 5-3 road trip improved the Stone Crabs to 15-21. The Yankees are currently in second place in the North Divison with a 20-16 record.

By the Numbers

Stone Crabs

 

Tampa

15-21

Record

20-16

.262

Batting Avg

.256

.382

Slugging Pct

.368

.329

On Base Pct

.321

433

Runs Scored

423

927

Hits

911

179

Doubles

174

43

Triples

22

54

Home Runs

60

95

Stolen Bases

59

4.11

Earned Run Avg

3.37

499

Runs Against

426

620

Strikeouts

855

1.40

Walk/Hit per Inning Pitched

1.26

Players to Watch
IF Greg Bird (#8 Yankees Prospect by Baseball America, leads Tampa in hitting)
P Jose Campos (on Yankees 40-man roster)
IF Eric Jagielo (#5 Yankees Prospect by Baseball America)
OF Aaron Judge (#6 Yankees Prospect by Baseball America)
P Miguel Sulbaran (leads Tampa in pitching)

Matchups
7/28/14: CHA TBA vs TAM TBA at Charlotte Sports Park
7/29/14: CHA TBA vs TAM TBA at Charlotte Sports Park
7/30/14: CHA TBA vs TAM TBA at Charlotte Sports Park
7/31/14: CHA TBA vs TAM TBA at Charlotte Sports Park

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Series Preview: GCL Rays vs GCL Twins

Minnesota TwinsThe next opponent on the GCL Rays schedule is the GCL Twins. The Rays have dominated the season series, going 6-2 on the season and outscoring the Twins 42-28. The Rays are hitting .240 against the Twins and have a team ERA of 2.96.

The Rays are in first place in the South Division with a 20-12 record. The Twins are in last place, eight games back from the Rays with a 12-20 record.

By the Numbers

GCL Rays

 

GCL Twins

20-12

Record

12-20

.247

Batting Avg

.221

.344

Slugging Pct

.284

.330

On Base Pct

.297

139

Runs Scored

105

250

Hits

221

58

Doubles

39

13

Triples

6

5

Home Runs

4

31

Stolen Bases

45

2.33

Earned Run Avg

3.81

106

Runs Against

164

243

Strikeouts

248

1.20

Walk/Hit per Inning Pitched

1.37

Players to Watch
OF Dubal Baez (leads Twins in hitting)
P Brandon Easton (leads Twins in hitting)

Schedule
7/28/14: GCL Rays vs GCL Twins at Lee County Sports Complex (12:00)
7/29/14: GCL Rays vs GCL Twins at Charlotte Sports Park (12:00)
7/30/14: GCL Rays vs GCL Twins at Lee County Sports Complex (12:00)
7/31/14: GCL Rays vs GCL Twins at Charlotte Sports Park (12:00)

Travel Guide
The GCL Twins play at the Lee County Sports Complex located at 14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway in Fort Myers. It is a 55 mile trip that will take a little over an hour. From Charlotte Sports Park head east on El Jobean Road until Toledo Blade Blvd. Turn left on Toledo Blade Blvd towards I-75. Once you reach I-75, head south until you reach Exit 131 (SW Florida International Airport/Cape Coral). Head west on Daniels Parkway until you reach Six Mile Cypress. Make a left onto Six Mile Cypress and the complex will be about a mile away from the intersection.

Admission to Gulf Coast League games is free.

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Stone Crabs Offense Backs Pruitt in Win Over Dunedin

Austin Pruitt picked up his eighth win of the season following a dazzling start on Sunday.

Austin Pruitt picked up his eighth win of the season following a dazzling start on Sunday.

The Stone Crabs offense put nine runs on the board to back starter Austin Pruitt who turned in another fantastic start guided the Stone Crabs to a 9-2 win on Sunday. The win gave the Stone Crabs a series win and it was the third straight series in which the Stone Crabs either won or tied.

The Stone Crabs jumped out to a lead in the second and never looked back. Maxx Tissenbaum singled to left followed by a double by Tyler Goeddel to give the Stone Crabs two runners in scoring positon with no outs. Josh Sale drove both runners home with a single to center. Sale later scored on a single by Tommy Coyle to give the Stone Crabs a 3-0 lead.

The Blue Jays scored in the bottom of the sixth. Kevin Patterson hit a solo homer, the lone blemish on Pruitt’s line score to make it 3-1.

The Stone Crabs answered by matching the run and adding another in the seventh. Marty Gantt and Johnny Field delivered back to back singles to lead off the frame. Pat Leonard drove them home with a two run single to increase the lead to 5-1.

The Stone Crabs produced a big eighth inning to further distance themselves from their opponent. The inning got started with a bang, a solo home by Tissenbaum, his fourth of the year. After a little small ball, the Stone Crabs loaded the bases for Leonardo Reginatto who drove home three runs with a double to center to give the Stone Crabs a 9-1 lead.

Dunedin pushed across their second and final run of the night in the bottom of the eighth.

The Stone Crabs did not surrender any more as they cruised to a 9-2 win in the finale.

Pruitt picked up the win and improved to 8-4 on the season.

The Stone Crabs return home to Charlotte Sports Park for a four game series against the Tampa Yankees.

Box Summary

Hitters

  • Johnny Field (CF): 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored
  • Tommy Coyle (2B): 1 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored
  • Leonardo Reginatto (SS): 3 for 5 with a double and 3 RBI’s
  • Pat Leonard (1B): 3 for 5 with 2 RBI’s
  • Justin O’Conner (C): 0 for 5
  • Maxx Tissenbaum (DH): 2 for 5 with a home run and 2 runs scored
  • Tyler Goeddel (3B): 2 for 5 with a double and a run scored
  • Josh Sale (RF): 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s and a run scored
  • Marty Gantt (LF): 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored

Pitchers

  • Austin Pruitt (Win, 8-4): 1 run on 7 hits with 3 strikeouts in 6 innings
  • Ryan Garton: 1 run on 2 hits with a strikeout and a walk
  • Marcus Jensen: 1 shut-out inning with 2 hits and a strikeout
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Stone Crabs Top Dunedin

Pat Leonard had a double and a triple on Saturday.

Pat Leonard had a double and a triple on Saturday.

The middle of the lineup help lead the Stone Crabs to a 6-1 win over the Dunedin Blue Jays on Saturday night at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. The three, four and five hitter collectively hit the cycle as they went 5 for 12 with 2 doubles, a triple and a home run.

The evening got underway with a one inning rehab appearance by Rays relieve Joel Peralta. Peralta went on the DL after contracting the Chikungunya virus on a recent trip to the Dominican Republic during the All-Star Break. Peralta tossed a scoreless inning before turning the ball over to Jordan Harrison in the second.

The game remained deadlocked until the top of the sixth inning. Tommy Coyle drew a walk. Coyle stole second and then scored on an RBI single by Leonardo Reginatto. Reginatto then stole second and scored on a triple by Pat Leonard. Justin O’Conner cleared the bases with a two run homer to give the Stone Crabs a 4-0 lead.

Dunedin countered with a home run of their own in the bottom of the sixth. Marcus Knecht hit a solo home run to make it 4-1.

The Stone Crabs pushed across a pair of runs in the eighth. Leonard doubled followed by a single by O’Conner to put runners on the bases. Maxx Tissenbaum drove them both home with a double to center to give the Stone Crabs the 6-1 victory.

Jordan Harrison picked up the win for the Stone Crabs, his first of the season. Taylor Cole was the losing pitcher for Dunedin.

The series concludes on Sunday at Florida Auto Exchange Stadiums. The Stone Crabs will start Austin Pruitt against Efrain Nieves for Dunedin.

Box Summary

Hitters

  • Johnny Field (CF): 1 for 4 with a triple
  • Tommy Coyle (2B): 1 for 4 with a walk and a run scored
  • Leonardo Reginatto (SS): 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored
  • Pat Leonard (1B): 2 for 4 with a double, triple, RBI and 2 runs scored
  • Justin O’Conner (C): 2 for 4 with a home run, 2 RBI’s and 2 runs scored
  • Maxx Tissenbaum (C): 1 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI’s
  • Jonathan Quinonez (3B): 0 for 3 with a walk
  • Josh Sale (RF): 0 for 4
  • Granden Goetzman (LF): 0 for 4

Pitchers

  • Joel Peralta: 1 scoreless inning with a hit and a strikeout
  • Jordan Harrison (Win, 1-2): 1 run on 4 hits with 6 strikeouts and a walk in 6 innings
  • Zach Cooper: 2 no-hit innings with 2 strikeouts and 2 walks
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GCL Rays Finish Week with Win Over GCL Orioles

Christian Knott was 2 for 3 with a triple on Saturday afternoon.

Christian Knott was 2 for 3 with a triple on Saturday afternoon.

The GCL Rays wrapped up the week in a winning note as they defeated the GCL Orioles 3-1 on Saturday at Ed Smith Stadium

The Rays took the lead in the fourth inning. David Rodriguez singled to center followed by a walk by Cade Gotta to put two runners on the bases with no outs. Christian Knott drove home both runners with a single to right to give the Rays a 2-0 lead.

The Orioles cut the lead in half in the bottom of the fourth. Derek Peterson singled home Alex Mercedes to make it 2-1.

The Rays added an insurance run in the seventh inning. Knott tripled to third to lead off the inning. Knott scored on an RBI single by Josh Rapacz to give the Rays the 3-1 margin of victory.

Henry Centeno picked up the win to improve to 3-0 on the season. Edwin Fierro recorded the save.

The Rays are off on Sunday and then begin a four game series against the GCL Twins on Monday.

Box Summary

Hitters

  • Bill Pujols (2B): 0 for 4
  • Matt Reida (3B): 0 for 4
  • David Rodriguez (DH): 1 for 3 with a run scored
  • Cade Gotta (LF): 0 for 3 with a walk and a run scored
  • Chris DeMorais (LF): defensive substitution in the ninth
  • Jose Rojas (1B): 1 for 4
  • Matt Ford (SS): 0 for 4
  • Christian Knott (CF): 2 for 3 with a triple, 2 RBI’s and a run scored
  • Josh Rapacz (C): 1 for 4 with an RBI
  • Jaime Ayende (RF): 0 for 2

Pitchers

  • Henry Centeno (Win, 3-0): 1 runs on 2 hits with 5 strikeouts and 2 walks in 5 innings
  • Deivy Mendez (Hold, 1): 3 no-hit innings with 2 strikeouts and 2 walks
  • Edwin Fierro (Save, 1): 1 shut-out inning with a hit
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O’Conner Has Big Night in Loss to Dunedin

Justin O'Conner was a perfect 4 for 4 with a double and a home run in Friday's loss to Dunedin.

Justin O’Conner was a perfect 4 for 4 with a double and a home run in Friday’s loss to Dunedin.

Despite a perfect day at the plate by Justin O’Conner, the Stone Crabs fell to the Dunedin Blue Jays 2-1 on Friday night at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. O’Conner was 4 for 4 with a double and a home run on the night.

The pitching staff for both clubs were getting the job done for much of the night as they dueled through a shut-out through the first five innings.

Dunedin broke the scoreless tie in the sixth on a solo home run by Gustavo Pierro to give them a 1-0 lead.

The Stone Crabs answered with a long ball of the bat of O’Conner in the seventh to tie the game.

Dunedin picked up the winning run in the eighth on a home run by Emilo Guerrero, handing the Stone Crabs a 2-1.

Colton Reavis was charged with the loss for the Stone Crabs. Chad Girodo picked up the win and Arik Sikula the save for Dunedin.

The series continues on Saturday in Dunedin. Jordan Harrison will face Taylor Cole in game three of the four game series.

Box Summary

Hitters

  • Tommy Coyle (2B): 0 for 4
  • Leonardo Reginatto (SS): 2 for 3
  • Pat Leonard (1B): 0 for 4
  • Justin O’Conner (C): 4 for 4 with a double and a home run
  • Maxx Tissenbaum (DH): 1 for 4
  • Tyler Goeddel (3B): 0 for 4
  • Josh Sale (RF): 3 for 4
  • Ariel Soriano (CF): 0 for 3
  • Granden Goetzman (LF): 0 for 3

Pitchers

  • Jared Moretensen: 3 no-hit innings with 2 strikeouts
  • Kevin Brandt: 1 run on 2 hits with 3 strikeouts in 4 innings
  • Colton Reavis (Loss, 0-1): 1 run on 1 hit with a walk in 1 inning
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Hahn Recalled by San Diego

Jesse HahnFormer GCL Rays and Stone Crabs pitcher Jesse Hahn has been called up by the San Diego Padres. He is scheduled to make his eighth major league start in the series opener against the Atlanta Braves. Hahn is 5-2 with a 2.21 ERA in 7 major league starts. In the minors, he is 2-1 with a 2.01 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 12 games with Double-A San Diego.

Hahn spit time between the GCL Rays and Stone Crabs in 2013.

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Mortensen Rejoins Stone Crabs

Jared Mortensen has been added to the Stone Crabs from the Montgomery Biscuits. The righty was 5-1 with a 5.73 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 12 games with the Biscuits this season.

Mortensen signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays last season out of the independent American Association. He spent the 2012 season in Port Charlotte with the Stone Crabs.

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