Stone Crabs Snap Losing Streak with Win Over Bradenton

Armado Araiza had two hits and both were for extra innings, a double and a home run.  (Photo: Jim Donten)

Armado Araiza had two hits and both were for extra innings, a double and a home run. (Photo: Jim Donten)

The Stone Crabs returned to the win column after defeating the Bradenton Marauders 5-2 on Wednesday night at McKechnie Field.

Determined to not lose again, the Stone Crabs jumped out to the lead in the first inning. John Jaso led off the game with a ground-rule double. He then scored on an RBI single by James Loney to give the Stone Crabs a 1-0 lead.

Bradenton tied the game an inning later. Harold Ramirez tripled to right and later scored on a grounder by Jin-De Jhang to tie the game.

The Stone Crabs regained the lead in the third, Willy Adames went deep for his third home run of the season to give the Stone Crabs a 2-1 lead.

The Stone Crabs added another run in the sixth on another big fly. This time it was Armando Araiza going deep to left to make it 3-1.

Bradenton inched closer by scoring in the bottom of the eighth. Barrett Barnes drew a walk and later scored on a ground ball by Ramirez to pull to within a run of the lead.

The Stone Crabs picked up a pair of insurance runs in the ninth. Armando Araiza doubled to center followed by a single by Braxton Lee. Both runners scored on a single by Yoel Araujo to give the Stone Crabs the 5-2 margin of victory.

Kyle McPherson earned the victory, his first of the season. Brad Schreiber notched his league leading 18th save. Frank Duncan was charged with the loss for Bradenton. The series continues on Thursday night with Brent Honeywell (0-1, 9.00) on the mound opposite Tyler Eppler (0-1, 6.94).

Box Summary

Hitters

  • John Jaso (DH): 2 for 5 with a double and run scored
  • James Loney (1B): 2 for 3
  • Casey Gillaspie (1B): 0 for 1
  • Willy Adames (SS): 2 for 4 with a home run
  • Granden Goetzman (LF): 0 for 4
  • Jace Conrad (3B): 0 for 4
  • Pat Blair (2B): 0 for 3
  • Armando Araiza (C): 2 for 4 with a double and a home run
  • Braxton Lee (CF): 1 for 4 with a run scored
  • Yoel Araujo (RF): 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI’s

Pitchers

  • Jake Odorizzi: 1 run on 2 hits with 2 strikeouts and a walk
  • Kyle McPherson (Win, 1-0): 2 scoreless innings with 2 hits and a strikeout
  • Jeff Ames (Hold, 5): 1 run on 2 hits with 2 strikeouts and a walk in 2 innings
  • Brad Schreiber (Save, 18): 1 no-hit inning
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Claw Digest/GCL Rays Players of the Week: 6/22 to 6/28

Hitter of the Week
Oscar Rojas led the GCL Rays offense during the first week of the 2015 season. He recorded a hit in four of the six games of the week, going 8 for 26 with a home run, 2 RBI’s and 3 runs scored.

Pitcher of the Week
Abrahan Rodriguez tossed 5 scoreless inning in his only appearance of the week. He allowed just three hits and struck out 4 in Thursday’s game against the GCL Red Sox.

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Whitley Assigned to GCL Rays

The Rays have signed their first round draft pick Garrett Whitley and assigned him to the GCL Rays. He was drafted as the 13th overall pick in the draft out of Niskayuna High School in New York. He hit .322 with 3 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs and 13 RBI’s in 20 games during his senior season.

Whitley joins a list of six high school outfielders to be drafted by the Rays in the first round.

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Odorizzi to Start for Stone Crabs Tonight

Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi will get the start on the mound for the Stone Crabs in Bradenton. Odorizzi will be making his first rehab appearance after going on the Rays disabled list in June with an oblique injury.

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Eighth inning Chaos Lifts GCL Rays to Victory

The GCL Rays rallied in the bottom of the eighth to defeat the GCL Twins 10-8 on Wednesday afternoon in Port Charlotte.

The Rays took an early lead in the first inning. Back to back singles by Anthony Cantillo and Andrew Velazquez put two runners on the bases for the Rays. Both runners would score on an RBI single by Ty Morrison to give the Rays a 2-0 lead.

The Twins answered with five runs in the second and two more in the third to take a 7-2 lead.

The Rays chipped away at the lead in the fourth. Morrison doubled to right followed by a walk to Devin Davis to put the Rays in business with no outs. An RBI double by Miguel Hernandez would score Morrison. Then Davis would score on ground ball by Blake Grant-Parks to put another run on the scoreboard. Hernandez would later score on a wild pitch to make it 7-5.

The Twins added an insurance run in the top of the seventh to extend their lead to 8-5.

The Rays rallied in the bottom of the eighth to take the lead. Blair Beck singled to right to open up the frame. He later scored on a double by Hernandez. Back to back walks to Samm Wiggins and Cody Semler loaded the bases for the Rays with no outs. Then chaos broke out on a single by Velazquez which cleared the bases thanks to a missed catch error and a throwing error giving the Rays an 10-8 lead.

John Williams retired the Twins in order to secure his and the team’s second victory of the season.

The series concludes on Thursday in Fort Myers.

Box Summary

Hitters

  • Oscar Rojas (CF): 1 for 3 with a double
  • Jaime Ayende (PR-CF): 0 for 1
  • Anthony Cantillo (2B): 1 for 5 with a run scored
  • Andrew Velazquez (SS): 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s and 2 runs scored
  • Ty Morrison (DH): 2 for 5 with a double, 2 RBI’s and a run scored
  • Devin Davis (1B): 0 for 1 with a run scored
  • Gilbert Marrero (1B): 0 for 2
  • Blair Beck (RF): 1 for 3 with run scored
  • Miguel Hernandez (LF): 3 for 4 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI’s and 2 run scored
  • Blake Grant-Parks (C): 0 for 2
  • Samm Wiggins (C): drew a walk and scored in only plate appearance
  • Cody Semler (3B): 0 for 3 with a walk and a run scored

Pitchers

  • Abrahan Rodriguez: 7 runs on 9 hits with 5 strikeouts and 2 walks
  • Ian Kendall: 1 run on 1 hit with 2 walks in 1 2/3 innings
  • John Williams (Win, 2-0): 2 2/3 scoreless innings with a hit and a strikeout
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Series Preview: Stone Crabs vs Bradenton Marauders

BradentonMaraudersThe Stone Crabs take to the road and head to Bradenton for a three game series against the Bradenton Marauders. The Stone Crabs hold a slight lead in the series as they are 5-4 on the year against the Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate. As a team, the Stone Crabs are hitting .264 and have a team ERA of 3.51 against the Marauders this season.

The Stone Crabs continue to struggle on the second half as they are just 1-5 on the half and sit in last place in the division. Meanwhile the Marauders find themselves in a three game tie for the top spot in the division with a 4-2 record.

By the Numbers

Stone Crabs

 

Bradenton

1-5

Record

4-2

.263

Batting Avg

.275

.355

Slugging Pct

.363

.331

On Base Pct

.340

318

Runs Scored

327

656

Hits

741

126

Doubles

119

13

Triples

15

26

Home Runs

29

72

Stolen Bases

79

2.59

Earned Run Avg

3.72

247

Runs Against

327

518

Strikeouts

549

1.19

Walk/Hit per Inning Pitched

1.27

Players to Watch
P Cody Dickson (leads Bradenton in pitching)
C Jin-De Jhang (2015 FSL All-Star, leads Bradenton in hitting)
IF Jacoby Jones (2015 FSL All-Star)
C Reese McGuire (#5 Pirates Prospect by Baseball America, 2015 FSL All-Star)
OF Austin Meadows (#3 Pirates Prospect by Baseball America, 2015 FSL All-Star)
OF Harold Ramirez (#10 Pirates Prospect by Baseball America)

Matchups
7/1/15: CHA Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 0.00) vs BRA Frank Duncan (4-3, 5.40) at McKechnie Field (6:30)
7/2/15: CHA Brent Honeywell (0-1, 9.00) vs BRA TBD at McKechnie Field (6:30)
7/3/15: CHA Taylor Guerrieri (1-0, 2.73) vs BRA TBD at McKechnie Field (6:30)

Travel Guide
The Bradenton Marauders play their home games at McKechnie Field which is located at 1611 9th Street West in downtown Bradenton. The stadium is 56 miles from Charlotte Sports Park or about an hour drive.

Tickets for games at McKechnie Field can be purchased by visiting BradentonMarauders.com and are $8. Main parking is in the lot behind the stadium for $2 or at the smaller home plate lot for $5. Closer parking is available in private business lots near the entrance at home plate for a fee set by the business.

The official FSL hotel for games in Bradenton is the Courtyard by Marriott Bradenton Riverfront located at 100 Riverfront Drive in Bradenton. Rooms start at $139 a night. You can call them at (941) 747-3727 or visit their website for more information.

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Stone Crabs Crushed by Clearwater

Mike Marjama's two run homer was the lone bright spot in the Stone Crabs offense.  (Photo: Jim Donten)

Mike Marjama’s two run homer was the lone bright spot in the Stone Crabs offense. (Photo: Jim Donten)

Even with big league talent in the lineup, the Stone Crabs couldn’t contain the hottest team in the FSL as they were crushed by the Clearwater Threshers 12-2 on Tuesday night at Charlotte Sports Park.

The Stone Crabs got two scoreless innings out of Andrew Bellatti who was rehabbing with the Stone Crabs after being on the Rays DL with shoulder injury. After two innings of work he turned the mound over to FSL Pitcher of the Week Chris Kirsch.

Clearwater would score their first run of the night in the third inning on a solo home run by Devin Lohman to give them a 1-0 lead.

The Threshers would then strike for an 11-run sixth inning to take a commanding lead. They would send thirteen hitters to the plate with the highlight of the inning being a grand slam off the bat of Andrew Pullin to give them a 12-0 lead.

The Stone Crabs avoided the shut-out by scoring in the eighth. Mike Marjama went deep to left with a two run shot to make it 12-2.

But the deficit was too big to overcome as the Stone Crabs fell 12-2.

Chris Kirsch suffered the loss for the Stone Crabs. David Whitehead was the winning pitcher for Clearwater.

The Stone Crabs now head to historic McKechnie Field for a three game series against the Bradenton Marauders starting on Wednesday. Another Rays rehabber will be on the hill again as Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 0.00) gets the start against Frank Duncan (4-3, 5.40) for Bradenton.

Box Summary

Hitters

  • John Jaso (1B): 0 for 3
  • Casey Gillaspie (1B): 0 for 1
  • James Loney (DH): 1 for 4
  • Jace Conrad (3B): 0 for 4
  • Granden Goetzman (LF): 0 for 3
  • Kean Wong (2B): 2 for 3
  • Pat Blair (SS): 0 for 3 with a run scored
  • Armando Araiza (C): 1 for 2
  • Mike Marjama (C): 1 for 1 with a 2 run homer
  • Braxton Lee (CF): 0 for 3
  • Yoel Araujo (RF): 0 for 2 with a walk

Pitchers

  • Andrew Bellatti: 2 scoreless innings with 2 hits
  • Chris Kirsch (Loss, 4-4): 8 runs on 6 hits with 3 strikeouts and a walk in 3 1/3 innings
  • Eduar Quinonez: 4 unearned runs on 3 hits in 2/3 inning
  • Isaac Gil: 3 scoreless innings with 4 hits and 4 strikeouts
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Sam Triece Assigned to GCL

The Rays have signed righty Sam Triece and have assigned him to the GCL Rays. Triece was drafted by the Rays in the 10th round of the draft out of Washington State University.

Triece pitched in 31 games out of the WSU Cougars bullpen, holding a 2.66 ERA and striking out 59 while holding PAC-12 hitters to a .222 batting average.

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Stone Crabs Have Major League Look Tonight

The Stone Crabs will look a little bit like the big league club as three Rays will be making a rehab appearance in tonight’s game against Clearwater. Andrew Bellatti will be getting the start on the mound, James Loney will be the designated hitter and John Jaso will be at first base.

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GCL Rays Lose Lead and Game to GCL Twins

The GCL Rays watched an early lead disappear as they lost to the GCL Twins on Tuesday afternoon at CenturyLink Sports Complex in Fort Myers.

The Rays scored first in the second inning. Devin Davis led off the inning with a double to center. He later scored on a fielding error to give the Rays a 1-0 lead.

The Twins tied the game in the bottom of the third.

The Rays bounced back and regained the lead again in the fourth. Once again it was Davis getting it start, this time with a single to center. Davis moved to third on a single by Jovany Felipe. An RBI single by Juan Rodriguez would score Davis. Felipe later scored on a ground ball by Oscar Rojas to give the Rays a 3-1 lead.

But the lead did not last long as the Twins tied the game once again in the bottom of the fourth.

The game remained tied until the eighth inning when the Twins struck for four runs to hand the Rays a 7-3 loss.

Sam Triece was charged with the loss for the Rays.

The series heads back to Charlotte for the third game on Wednesday afternoon.

Box Summary

Hitters

  • Oscar Rojas (RF): 0 for 4 with an RBI
  • Adrian Rondon (SS): 0 for 3 with a walk
  • Juan Carlos Arias (3B): 1 for 3
  • Gilbert Marrero (1B): 0 for 4
  • Devin Davis (DH): 2 for 4 with a double and 2 runs scored
  • Rafelin Lorenzo (C): 0 for 1
  • Jovany Felipe (PH-C): 2 for 2
  • Samm Wiggins (C): 0 for 1
  • Juan Rodriguez (2B): 1 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored
  • Miguel Hernandez (LF): 0 for 4
  • Jaime Ayende (CF): 0 for 3 with a walk

Pitchers

  • Yael Regaldo: 1 no-hit inning with 2 strikeouts
  • Jeffry Done: 3 runs on 4 hits with 3 walks and 2 strikeouts in 4 innings
  • Herminio Germoso: 1 scoreless inning with a hit and a strikeout
  • Sam Triece (Loss, 0-1): 3 runs on 1 hit and 3 walks in 1/3 inning
  • Matt LeVert: 1 run on 1 hit in 2/3 inning
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