Kiermaier Called Up to Majors

Kevin KiermaierFormer Stone Crabs outfielder Kevin Kiermaier has been called up to the majors by the Rays.  He will join the club as they face the Cincinnati Reds.  Kiermaier was with the Bulls prior to the promotion.

Kiermaier was with the Stone Crabs in 2012. He made his MLB debut for the Rays last season in Game 163.

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Series Preview: Palm Beach Cardinals

Palm Beach CardinalsAfter a devastating road trip, the Stone Crabs return home to Charlotte Sports Park to host the Palm Beach Cardinals for the start of a six game homestand. The Stone Crabs are 44-47 in the lifetime series against the Cardinals.

The Stone Crabs have lost their last six and have fallen into last place of the division with a 1-6 record. The Cardinals are in second place in the division with a 5-2 record and trail first place Fort Myers by one game.

By the Numbers

Stone Crabs

 

Palm Beach

1-6

Record

 5-2

.223

Batting Avg

.276

.288

Slugging Pct

.378

.303

On Base Pct

.322

20

Runs Scored

32

48

Hits

68

9

Doubles

11

1

Triples

1

1

Home Runs

4

6

Stolen Bases

7

6.67

Earned Run Avg

2.04

46

Runs Against

16

37

Strikeouts

69

1.93

Walk/Hit per Inning Pitched 1.01

Players to Watch
P Marcos Gonazlez (#5 Cardinals prospect by Baseball America, leads Palm Beach in pitching)
IF Jacob Wilson (leads Palm Beach in hitting)

Matchups
4/11/14: CHA Reinaldo Lopez (0-1, 20.25) vs PB Joe Cuda (0-0, 2.25) at Charlotte Sports Park
4/12/14: CHA Jeff Ames (0-1, 5.06) vs PB Kyle Hald (1-0, 3.18) at Charlotte Sports Park
4/13/13: CHA Austin Pruitt (0-1, 15.00) vs PB Cory Jones (0-0, 0.00) at Charlotte Sports Park

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Stone Crabs Drop Sixth Straight Game, Swept by Fort Myers

Tommy Coyle went 2 for 3 with a walk.

Tommy Coyle went 2 for 3 with a walk.

Despite taking an early lead, the Stone Crabs could not hold on as they fell to the Fort Myers Miracle 4-1 on Thursday. The Stone Crabs have been swept by the Miracle and have now dropped six in a row.

For the first time all season, the Stone Crabs took the first lead of the game. Birthday boy Leonardo Reginatto reached on an error. He moved to second on a single by Tommy Coyle. Pat Leonard then drove him home with an RBI single to center to give the Stone Crabs a 1-0 lead.

The lead held until the fourth inning when Adam Walker struck his second homer of the series to tie the game 1-1

Fort Myers carried the momentum into the fifth when they struck for three more runs. After loading the bases with two hits and a walk, an RBI single by Niko Goodrum followed by an RBI double by Levi Michael put the Miracle ahead 4-1.

The Stone Crabs would put runners in scoring position two more times on the night but failed to turn those runners into runs as they fell 4-1.

Roberto Gomez was charged with the loss for the Stone Crabs. Tyler Duff was the winning pitcher and Madison Boer picked up the save.

The Stone Crabs return home to Charlotte Sports Park to kick of a six game homestand. First up is a three game series against the Palm Beach Cardinals. Reinaldo Lopez is scheduled to start the series opener for the Stone Crabs opposite Joe Cuda for Palm Beach.

Box Summary

Hitters

  • Andrew Toles (CF): 0 for 4
  • Leonardo Reginatto (SS): 1 for 4 with a run scored
  • Tommy Coyle (2B): 2 for 3 with a double and a walk
  • Pat Leonard (DH): 1 for 4 with an RBI
  • Josh Sale (LF): 1 for 3 with a walk
  • Marty Gantt (RF): 0 for 4
  • Tyler Goeddel (3B): 0 for 4
  • Jake DePew (C): 1 for 3
  • Jonathan Quinonez (1B): 1 for 4

Pitchers

  • Roberto Gomez (Loss): 4 runs on 8 hits with 2 strikeouts and a walk in 6 innings
  • Parker Markel: 2 scoreless innings with 3 hits and a strikeout
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Stone Crabs Week in Review: 4/3 to 4/9

Charlotte Stone CrabsAfter winning on Opening Day, the Stone Crabs dropped the remaining five games of the week to start the 2014 season at 1-5. They are currently in last place in the division, four games back from the division leading Fort Myers Miracle.

Hitting Leaders:
Average: Marty Gantt (.500)
Slugging: Pat Leonard (.625)
On Base Pct: Marty Gantt (.600)
Hits: Marty Gantt (6)
Doubles: Pat Leonard (3)
Triples: Tyler Goeddel (1)
Home Runs: Pat Leonard (1)
RBI’s: Jose Sale (4)
Stolen Bases: Andrew Toles (3)

Pitching Leaders:
ERA: Kevin Brandt & Marcus Jensen (0.00)
Wins: Marcus Jensen (1)
Saves: Kevin Brandt (1)
Strikeouts: Bruedlin Suero (5)
WHIP: Marcus Jensen (0.60)

Team Hitting Stats (league rank):
Average: .225 (8 of 12)
Slugging: .297 (10 of 12)
On Base Pct: .307 (7 of 12)
Hits: 41 (10 of 12)
Doubles: 8 (tied 9 of 12)
Triples: 1 (tied 6 of 12)
Home Runs: 1 (9 of 12)
Runs Scored: 19 (9 of 12)
Stolen Bases: 6 (tied 5 of 12)

Team Pitching Stats (rank):
ERA: 7.04 (12 of 12)
Runs Allowed: 42 (12 of 12)
Strikeouts: 34 (tied 9 of 12)
Walks: 31 (12 of 12)

Transactions: None

Disabled List: Albert Suarez

The Week Ahead: 4/10/14: at Fort Myers Miracle (5-1). 4/11/14 to 4/13/14: vs Palm Beach Cardinals (4-2). 4/14/14 to 4/16/14 vs Fort Myers Miracle (5-1).

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Claw Digest Players of the Week: 4/3 to 4/9

Hitter of the Week
Marty GanttMarty Gantt led the Stone Crabs hitters during the opening week of the season. Gantt made the most of his limited playing time on the week, leading the team in hits, batting average and on base percentage.

 

 

Pitcher of the Week
Marcus JensenMarcus Jensen picked up the Stone Crabs lone win of the season. He pitched in two games and has held opposing teams to no earned runs.

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Stone Crabs Swept in Doubleheader

The Stone Crabs were swept by the Fort Myers Miracle in Wednesday’s doubleheader at Hammond Stadium. The Stone Crabs have now lost five straight.

The Stone Crabs fell in game one by the score of 4-2. They outhit the Miracle in the first game but were unable to rally late to win.

The Miracle jumped out to an early lead by scoring in the first inning. Jorge Polanco doubled to center and then scored on an RBI single by Dalton Hicks to take a 1-0 lead.

The Stone Crabs tied the game in the top of the second. Pat Leonard was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. He advanced to from first to third on back to back wild pitches. Marty Gantt picked up an RBI with a single to right to score Leonard and tie the game 1-1.

The game remained tied until the fifth inning when Fort Myers pushed across two runs. They loaded the bases with three walks. Polanco and Hicks each knocked in a run to give the Miracle a 3-1 lead.

The Miracle added to their lead in the next inning as they once again loaded the bases thanks to walks. A bases loaded walk scored Max Kepler to increase the lead to 4-1.

The Stone Crabs rallied in the the seventh. Tyler Goeddel double to left to lead off the inning. He advanced to third on a single by Andrew Toles. Goeddel scored on a sac fly by Hector Guevara to cut the lead in half. Leonardo Reginatto then singled to center to put the tying run on the bases but a strikeout to end the threat and the game left the Stone Crabs with a 4-2 loss.

Leonel Santiago was charged with the loss in his Rays organization debut. Alex Wimmers was the winner and Brian Gilbert notched the save.

After a brief break, game two of the doubleheader got started much like the first game with the Miracle jumping out to an early lead and the Stone Crabs not able to recover. They Stone Crabs found themselves in a huge deficit that even an five run fifth inning couldn’t overcome.

The Miracle took the lead in the first on a two run homer by Adam Walker.

They increased their lead in the second by scoring four more runs. The Miracle loaded the bases to get the threat started. Levi Michael had an RBI single followed by a two run triple by Jorge Polanco. Polanco later scored on an error to give them a 6-0 lead.

But Fort Myers wasn’t done as they scored two more in the third. Niko Goodrum delivered an RBI triple and then scored on a passed ball to increase the lead to 8-0.

The Stone Crabs got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning. Pat Leonard doubled to left to leaf off the inning. Mary Gantt doubled him home to put a run on the board for the Stone Crabs.

The Stone Crabs carried that momentum into the fifth where they struck for a big inning. Pat Leonard had a two run double and then later scored on a single by Maxx Tissenbaum. Kes Cater later singles home Tissenbaum. Marty Gantt would score the fifth run of the frame on a wild pitch to pull the Stone Crabs within two runs of the lead 8-6.

Fort Myers distanced themselves by scoring two more in the bottom of the fifth to take a 10-6 lead.

The Stone Crabs could not generated any more runs as they fell 10-6 and were swept in the doubleheader.

Bruedlin Suero suffered the loss for the Stone Crabs. Tim Shibuya was the winning pitcher for Fort Myers.

The series concludes on Thursday night at Hammond Stadium. The Stone Crabs send Reinaldo Lopez (1-0, 20.25) to the mound to face off against Tyler Duffy (1-0, 4.50) in the finale.

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Stone Crabs/Miracle Postponed

Monday’s series opener between the Charlotte Stone Crabs and Fort Myers Miracle has been postponed due to weather. The game will be played tomorrow as part of doubleheader beginning at 5:05 at Hammond Stadium. Leonel Santiago will pitch game one followed by Roberto Gomez in game two.

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Series Preview: Fort Myers Miracle

Fort Myers MiracleThe Stone Crabs head south to Hammond Stadium for a three game series against the division leading Fort Myers Miracle (Twins). Historically, the Stone Crabs have struggled against Fort Myers, holding a lifetime 44-52 record against their southern foe.

The Stone Crabs head into the series on a 3 game losing streak and are currently tied for fourth in the FSL South Division. The Miracle have won three of their last four and are tied for the division lead.

By the Numbers

Stone Crabs   Fort Myers

1-3

Record

3-1

.172

Batting Avg

.250

.238

Slugging Pct

.350

.273

On Base Pct

.314

11

Runs Scored

29

21

Hits

35

3

Doubles

6

1

Triples

1

1

Home Runs

2

4

Stolen Bases

1

6.62

Earned Run Avg

3.00

28

Runs Against

13

22

Strikeouts

19

1.94

Walk/Hit per Inning Pitched

1.19

Players to Watch
P Jose Berrios (#5 Twins prospect by Baseball America)
OF Byron Buxton (#1 Twins prospect by Baseball America)
IF Niko Goodrum (leads Miracle in hitting)
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IF Jorge Polanco (#10 Twins prospect by Baseball America)

Matchups
4/8/14: CHA Leonel Santiago (0-0, 0.00) vs FTM Mason Melotakis (0-0, 18.00 ERA) at Hammond Stadium
4/9/14: CHA Roberto Gomez (0-0, 3.60) vs FTM Jason Wheeler (1-0, 1.59) at Hammond Stadium
4/10:14: CHA Reinaldo Lopez (0-1, 20.25) vs FTM Tyler Duffy (1-0, 4.50) at Hammond Stadium

Travel Guide
The Fort Myers Miracle play their home games at Hammond Stadium which is located at 14400 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy in Fort Myers, Florida. The stadium is 50 miles or about an hour from Charlotte Sports Park.

Tickets for games at Hammond Stadium can be purchased by visiting www.miraclebaseball.com, and are $8.50 for box seats or $6.50 for general admission. These prices are a dollar more for Fireworks Nights. The Miracle charge $4 for parking at the stadium. Full-Season Ticket holders with the Stone Crabs can use their VIP card for free admission to the Stone Crabs road games in Fort Myers.

The official FSL hotel for visiting teams to Hammond Stadium is Fairfield Inn by Marriott located at 7090 Cypress Terrace in Fort Myers. Rooms start at about $136 a night. You can call them at (239) 437-5600 or visit their website for more information.

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Late Inning Collapse Leads to Third Straight Loss

Pat Leonard went deep for the first Stone Crabs homer of the 2014 season.

Pat Leonard went deep for the first Stone Crabs homer of the 2014 season.

The Stone Crabs kept things close until the final third of the game when they gave up eight runs as they fell to the Bradenton Marauders 11-3 on Sunday afternoon. The loss was the third straight by the Stone Crabs to start off the season.

Bradenton jumped out to a four run lead in the first inning. They loaded the bases for Jonathan Schwind who went deep for a grand slam to give the Marauders a 4-0 lead.

The Stone Crabs answered with a home run of their own in the second inning. Pat Leonard struck a solo homer to left to put the Stone Crabs on the board.

Bradenton picked up another run in the second. Jeff Roy singled home Raul Fortunato to increase their lead to 5-1.

The Stone Crabs scored again in the fifth inning. Maxx Tissenbaum singled to left to lead off the inning. Then Marty Gantt was hit by a pitch to give the Stone Crabs two runners on the bases. Tyler Goeddel drove them home with a triple to center to pull the Stone Crabs within two runs.

But the Stone Crabs defense fell apart in the late innings as they surrendered a combined eight runs in the seventh and eighth innings to suffer an 11-3 defeat.

Austin Pruit was charged with the loss for the Stone Crabs while Orlando Castro picked up the win for the Marauders.

The Stone Crabs will get a much needed day off on Monday to regroup before heading to Fort Myers to face the division leading Fort Myers Miracle. Leonel Santiago will make his debut against Mason Melotakis Fort Myers (0-0, 18.00).

Box Summary

Hitters

  • Andrew Toles (CF): 1 for 3
  • Tommy Coyle (2B): 0 for 4
  • Leonardo Reginatto (SS): 0 for 2 with 2 walks
  • Justin O’Conner (DH): 0 for 4
  • Pat Leonard (1B): 1 for 4 with a solo homer
  • Maxx Tissenbaum (C): 1 for 4 with a run scored
  • Marty Gantt (LF): 1 for 3 with a run scored
  • Kes Carter (RF): 1 for 4
  • Tyler Goeddel (3B): 1 for 3 with a triple and 2 RBI’s

Pitchers

  • Austin Pruitt (Loss, 0-1): 5 runs on 5 hits with a strikeout and 3 walks in 3 innings
  • Marcus Jensen: 3 no hit innings with a strikeout and a walk
  • Nick Sawyer: 1/3 inning with 3 walks
  • Kevin Brandt: 2/3 innings with 1 hit and 1 walk
  • Parker Markel: 4 runs on 3 hits with 2 strikeouts and a walk in 1 inning
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Alumni Highlights from 4/5

Charlotte Stone CrabsHere is a look at the top alumni performances from last night.

  • Willie Argo (Montgomery Biscuits): scored three times on 1 hit and 2 walks
  • Grant Balfour (Tampa Bay Rays): earned the save with a perfect ninth
  • Andrew Bellatti (Montgomery Biscuit): picked up his first win of the season
  • Curt Casali (Montgomery Biscuits): 3 for 3 with 2 doubles, 4 RBI’s and 2 runs scored
  • Derek Dietrich (Miami Marlins): 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored
  • Matt Fields (Omaha Storm Chasers): had a double in game one and went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s in game two
  • Brandon Gomes (Tampa Bay Rays) pitched a no-hit inning for the win
  • Jake Hager (Montgomery Biscuits): 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI
  • JP Howell (Los Angeles Dodgers): pitched a no-hit inning
  • Matt Joyce (Tampa Bay Rays): 2 for 4 with a 2 run homer
  • Chris Kirsch (Bowling Green Hot Rods): had 6 strikeouts
  • Jake McGee (Tampa Bay Rays): pitched a no-hit inning
  • Taylor Motter (Montgomery Biscuits): 3 for 5 with an RBI and 2 runs scored
  • David Price (Tampa Bay Rays): had 6 strikeouts
  • Matt Ramsey (Montgomery Biscuits): pitched a no-hit frame
  • Alejandro Segovia (Montgomery Biscuits): had a double
  • Jake Thompson (Montgomery Biscuits): 2 shut-out innings with 2 hits and 2 strikeouts
  • BJ Upton (Atlanta Braves): 2 for 5 with a double
  • Stephen Vogt (Sacramento River Cats): 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI
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