- Jake Bauers (Mesa Solar Sox): 1 for 5
- Casey Gillaspie (Mesa Solar Sox): 1 for 5
- Mario Fernandez (Bravos de Margarita): 2 scoreless innings with 2 strikeouts
- Eduar Quinonez (Tigres de Aragua): 1 unearned run on 2 hits with a walk in 1 inning
The Tampa Bay Rays announced their 2015 Minor League Players of the Year and several Stone Crabs alumni were awarded for their performance this season. Jacob Faria was named the Stone Crab’s Most Valuable Player for his 10- performance as a starter for the Stone Crabs this season. Overall he had 17 wins on the year which was the best in the majors.
Here are the other Stone Crabs alumni who were honored this season:
The players will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony at Tropicana Field on Friday.
The Stone Crabs came swinging against the Tortugas, collecting a pair of runs in the first inning. Braxton Lee led off the inning with a single to left. He advanced to third following a double by Hector Guevara. Sac flies by Mike Marjama and Casey Gillaspie would plate both of the runs to give the Stone Crabs a 2-0 lead.
Daytona cut the lead in half in the third inning. Ty Washington reached on a questionable catcher interference call to get the inning started. Washington would move to third following a double by Brian O’Grady to put two runners in scoring position with no outs. A ground out by Chad Wallach would score Washington and make it 2-1.
The Washington/Wallach connection would strike again in the fifth to tie the game. Washington reached on a walk and later scored on a double by Wallach to tie the game at 2.
From that point on we went on a marathon of scoreless innings. Even though both clubs put runners on the bases and threatened to score, great pitching and solid defense ended the threats and kept the game tied until the bottom of the thirteenth.
The game winning rally started on a single by Maxx Tissenbaum with one out in the bottom of the thirteenth inning. Michael Johns put Yoel Araujo in the game to pinch run for Tissenbaum. A single by Granden Goetzman and a walk by Pat Blair loaded the bases for the Stone Crabs. Kean Wong drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk to score Araujo and give the Stone Crabs the walk-off win.
Isaac Gil picked up the win for the Stone Crabs. Evan Mitchell was the losing pitcher for Daytona.
The win clinched the best of five series 3 games to 1 and gave the Stone Crabs their first Florida State League Championship in franchise history.
Despite a great pitching performance from starter Hunter Wood, Saturday night’s game came down to one momentum changing pitch that would result in the Stone Crabs losing 6-1 in game three of the Florida State League Championship Series.
Wood and Daytona starter Jake Paulson each delivered five straight innings of scoreless baseball before the Tortugas lit up the scoreboard in the top of the sixth inning. Paulson even held a no-hitter until Braxton Lee singled in the sixth.
But it was Daytona getting things done in the top of the sixth inning. Ty Washington led off the inning with a single to left and Brian O’Grady followed with a walk. At that point, Michael Johns made the call to the bullpen, bringing in Mike Franco in relief. He quickly got two outs but then gave up a three run homer to Sebastian Elizalde to give the Tortugas a 3-0 lead.
Daytona pushed across a trio of runs again in the ninth. An RBI triple by Elizalde, an RBI double by Taylor Sparks and an RBI single by Blake Trahan gave Daytona a 6-0 lead.
The Stone Crabs avoided the shut-out by scoring in the bottom of the ninth. Casey Gillaspie drew a two out walk to put a runner on the bases. Gillaspie moved into scoring position following a single by Granden Goetzman. Justin Williams drove home Gillaspie on a single to center to put the Stone Crabs on the scoreboard. But it wasn’t enough as the Stone Crabs fell 6-1.
Wood was charged with the loss. Paulson was the winning pitcher for Daytona.
Game Four of the best of five series will be played Sunday evening at Charlotte Sports Park. It will be a battle of aces as Brent Honeywell (1-0, 1.29) will square off against the FSL Co-Pitcher of the Year Amir Garrett (1-0. 0.00).