Stone Crabs Doubled Up by Palm Beach

The Stone Crabs could not overcomes a big second inning by the visiting Palm Beach Cardinals as they fell 12-6 on Tuesday night at Charlotte Sports Park.

Palm Beach set the tone by scoring seven runs in the second inning. A two run single by Austin Willson, two run triple by Magnerius Sierra, an RBI single by Edmundo Sosa, an RBI double by Chris Chinea and an RBI by Luke Dykstra gave the Cardinals a comfortable 7-0 lead.

The Stone Crabs got on the scoreboard by scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth. Kevin Padlo opened the inning with a triple to center. Padlo scored on a ground out by Ryan Boldt. Later in the inning, a single by Brandon Lowe would score David Rodriguez and make it 7-2.

Palm Beach added a run in the top of the fifth. They loaded the bases via a single by Randy Arozarena, a double by Leobaldo Pena and a walk to Sierra. Then Yoel Espinal issues a bases loaded free pass to Thomas Spitz to plate a run and increase the lead to 8-2.

The Stone Crabs countered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth. Jake Cronenworth led off the inning with an infield single followed by a walk to Brett Sullivan. Both runners would later score on a single and error on a ground ball by Kevin Padlo to make it 8-4.

Palm Beach would string together back to back two run innings in the eighth and ninth to extend their lead to 12-4.

The Stone Crabs would get two more runs in the ninth. Padlo led off the frame with a double to left. Dalton Kelly was then hit by a pitch and Boldt followed with a single to load the bases. Padlo and Kelly then scored on a single by Nathan Lukes. But that was all they could produce in the inning as they fell 12-6.

Genesis Cabrera was charged with the loss for the Stone Crabs. Connor Jones was the winning pitcher for Palm Beach.

The Stone Crabs look to put the brakes on the current 6-game losing streak during the series finale Wednesday morning at Charlotte Sports Park. Blake Bivens (0-1, 5.40) will get the ball for the Stone Crabs against Junior Fernandez (0-0, 1.93) for Palm Beach. First pitch is scheduled for 11am.

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Rally Falls Short in Loss to Palm Beach

The Stone Crabs were held off the scoreboard for much of the night until an eighth inning rally which fell just one run short in a 4-3 loss to the Palm Beach Cardinals on Monday night at Charlotte Sports Park.

The Cardinals scored first in the top of the first inning. Mageneuris Sierra drew a walk to open the game. He later scored on an RBI double by Chris Chinea to make it 1-0.

Palm Beach picked up a pair of runs in the second inning. Jeremy Martinez doubled to left followed by a single by Luke Dykstra. A sac fly by Randy Arozarena would score Martinez and Dykstra would later score on a single by Sierra to increase the lead to 3-0.

Palm Beach would add a run in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Austin Wilson to score Martinez and extend the lead to 4-0.

The Stone Crabs avoided the shut-out by scoring in the eighth inning. Brandon Lowe drew a walk followed by a single by Peter Maris. Lowe would then sore on an RBI single by Jake Fraley. Both Maris and Fraley would score on a double by Dalton Kelly. But the Stone Crabs would strand the tying run on second as the rally falls short and the Stone Crabs lost 4-3.

Eduar Lopez was charged with the loss for Charlotte. Brennan Leitao picked up the win and Landon Beck the save for Palm Beach.

The series continues on Tuesday at Charlotte Sports Park. Genesis Cabrera (0-1, 14.73) will be on the mound for Charlotte against Connor Jones (0-0, 0.00) for Palm Beach.

Box Summary

Hitters

  • Jake Fraley (CF): 1 for 4 with an RBI and run scored
  • Ryan Boldt (RF): 0 for 3 with a walk
  • Dalton Kelly (1B): 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI’s
  • Kevin Padlo (3B): 1 for 4 with a stolen base
  • David Olmedo-Barrera (DH): 1 for 4
  • David Rodriguez (C): 1 for 4
  • Manny Sanchez (LF): 0 for 4
  • Brandon Lowe (2B): 0 for 2 with a walk and run scored
  • Peter Maris (SS): 1 for 2 with a walk and run scored

Pitching

  • Eduar Lopez (Loss, 0-1): 3 runs on 7 hits with a strikeout and walk in 4 2/3 innings
  • Taylor Hawkins: 1 run on 3 hits with 2 strikeouts and 4 walks in 2 1/3 innings
  • Brandon Lawson: 2 scoreless innings with 2 hits, 2 strikeouts and a walk
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Where Are They Now: Class of 2012

MLB

  • Derek Dietrich (Miami Marlins)
  • Matt Joyce (Oakland Athletics)
  • Kevin Kiermaier (Tampa Bay Rays)
  • Jose Lobaton (Washington Nationals)
  • Mikie Mahtook (Detroit)
  • Enny Romero (Washington)
  • Albert Suarez (San Francisco)
  • Melvin Upton Jr (San Francisco)

Triple-A

  • Todd Glaesmann (Iowa Cubs – Cubs)
  • Desmond Jennings (Las Vegas 51s – Mets)

Double-A

  • Braulio Lara (Harrisburg Senators – Nationals)

Advanced-A

  • Grayson Garvin (Charlotte Stone Crabs – Rays)

Independent

  • Ty Morrison (Laredo Lemurs – American Association)
  • Chris Rearick (Bridgeport Bluefish – Atlantic League)

Foreign

  • Robi Estrada (Leones de Yucatan – Mexican League)
  • Kyle Farnsworth (Broncos de Reynosa – Mexican League)
  • Matt Nevarez (Broncos de Reynosa – Mexican League)

Free Agent/ No Longer Playing

  • Mayo Acosta
  • Brandon Allen
  • Chris Andujar
  • Luke Bailey
  • Zach Butler
  • Kris Carlson
  • Keith Castillo
  • Sam Fuld
  • Nate Garcia
  • Theron Geith
  • Hector Guevara
  • George Jenson
  • Lenny Linsky
  • Craig Lyerly
  • Victor Mateo
  • Ty Morrison
  • Chris Murrill
  • Jeff Niemann
  • Brett Nommensen
  • Jim Patterson
  • Robby Price
  • CJ Riefenhauser
  • Wilking Rodriguez
  • Cody Rogers
  • Luke Scott
  • Eliazer Suero
  • Steven Tinoco
  • Alejandro Torres
  • Riccio Torrez
  • David Wendt
    Phil Wunderlich
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Series Preview: Palm Beach Cardinals

Palm Beach CardinalsThe Stone Crabs return to Charlotte Sports Park in search of their first win of 2017 as they host the Palm Beach Cardinals for a three game series. Lifetime the Stone Crabs are 65-82 against the St Louis Cardinals affiliate.

The Stone Crabs enter the series at 0-4 and in last place in the division. They are the last remaining FSL team without a win this year. Palm Beach is tied for third in the South Division with a 2-2 record.

By the Numbers

Stone Crabs

  Palm Beach

0-4

Record

2-2

.242

Batting Avg

.169

.348

Slugging Pct

.266

.299

On Base Pct

.277

13

Runs Scored

13

32

Hits

21

7

Doubles

3

2

Triples

3

1

Home Runs

1

3

Stolen Bases

6

7.53

Earned Run Avg

2.00

29

Runs Against

14

30

Strikeouts

38

1.73 Walk/Hit per Inning Pitched

1.19

Players to Watch
OF Randy Arozarena (#15 Cardinals prospect by MLB.com)
P Junior Fernandez (#10 Cardinals prospect by MLB.com)
P Zac Gallen (leads FSL in strikeouts)
P Ryan Helsley (leads Palm Beach in pitching)
IF Darren Seferina (leads FSL in triples, leads Palm Beach in hitting)
OF Magneuris Sierra (#7 Cardinals prospect by MLB.com)
IF Edmundo Sosa (#13 Cardinals prospect by MLB.com)
P Jake Woodford (#17 Cardinals prospect by MLB.com)

Matchups
4/10/17: CHA Eduar Lopez (0-0, 0.00) vs PMB Jake Woodford (0-0, 0.00) at Charlotte Sports Park (6:35)
4/11/17: CHA Genesis Cabrera (0-1, 14.73) vs PMB Conner Jones (0-0, 0.00) at Charlotte Sports Park (6:35)
4/12/17: CHA Blake Bivens (0-1, 5.40) vs PMB Junior Fernandez (0-0, 1.93) at Charlotte Sports Park (11:05)

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Stone Crabs Blanked in Finale to Bradenton

The Stone Crabs were swept by the Bradenton Marauders as they were shut-out 5-0 on Sunday afternoon at LECOM Park. Stone Crabs pitchers surrendered three home runs resulting in their fourth loss of the season.

Bradenton got on the scoreboard in the first inning. Cole Tucker singled to lead off the inning and later scored on a wild pitch to give them a 1-0 lead.

The Marauders increased their lead to 2-0 on a solo home run by Kevin Krause in the second inning.

Bradenton doubled their lead in the fourth. Logan Hill tripled to right to lead off the inning. Then Krause delivered his second homer of the afternoon, a two run shot to make it 4-0.

Bradenton collected their fifth and final run in the sixth on a solo blast by Hill to give the Stone Crabs a 5-0 loss.

Michael Velasquez took the loss for the Stone Crabs. Taylor Hearn was the winning pitcher for Bradenton.

The Stone Crabs return to Charlotte Sports Park in search of their first win of 2017 as they welcome the Palm Beach Cardinals to Port Charlotte. Eduar Lopez will get the ball in the series opener on Monday facing off against Jake Woodford for Palm Beach.

Box Summary

Hitters

  • Jake Fraley (CF): 1 for 4
  • Jake Cronenworth (SS): 2 for 4
  • Brett Sullivan (C): 1 for 4
  • Kevin Padlo (3B): 0 for 4
  • Ryan Boldt (DH): 0 for 3
  • David Olmedo-Barrera (1B): 0 for 2 with a walk
  • Nathan Lukes (LF): 1 for 3 with a double
  • Brandon Lowe (2B): 0 for 2 with a walk
  • Angel Moreno (RF): 0 for 3

Pitchers

  • Michael Velasquez (Loss, 0-1): 5 runs on 7 hits with a strikeout and a walk in 5 1/3 innings
  • Ian Gibaut: 2 2/3 scoreless innings with a hit and 4 strikeouts
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Where Are They Now: Class of 2011

MLB

  • Alex Colome (Tampa Bay Rays)
  • JP Howell (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • Jose Lobaton (Washington Nationals)
  • Albert Suarez (San Francisco Giants)

Triple-A

  • Adam Liberatore (Oklahoma City Dodgers – Dodgers)
  • Kyle Lobstein (New Orleans Baby Cakes – Marlins)
  • Kirby Yates (Salt Lake Bees – Angels)

Double-A

  • Mickey Jannis (Binghamton Rumble Ponies – Mets)

Independent

  • Tyler Bortnick (Somerset Patriots – Atlantic League)
  • Ty Morrison (Laredo Lemurs – American Association)

Foreign

  • Merrill Kelly (SK Wyverns – Korean Baseball League)

Free Agent/ No Longer Playing

  • Mayo Acosta
  • Chris Andujar
  • Dustin Biell
  • Gabe Cohen
  • Joe Cruz
  • Juan Cruz
  • Frank De Los Santos
  • Sergio Espinosa
  • Reid Fronk
  • Felix Fuentes
  • Matt Hall
  • Hunter Hill
  • Michael Jarman
  • Jake Jefferies
  • Alex Koronis
  • Drew Leary
  • Hak-Ju Lee
  • Omar Luna
  • Deivis Mavarez
  • Shane Minks
  • Lucas Montero
  • Chris Murrill
  • Jeff Niemann
  • Brett Nommensen
  • CJ Riefenhauser
  • Josh Satow
  • Anthony Scelfo
  • Greg Sexton
  • Michael Sheridan
  • Scott Shuman
  • Matt Stabelfeld
  • Mark Thomas
  • Jake Thompson
  • Alejandro Torres
  • Riccio Torrez
  • David Wendt
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Stone Crabs Surrender Lead, Lose to Bradenton

The Stone Crabs early season woes continue as they watch an early lead dissolve in a 7-6 walk-off loss to the Bradenton Marauders on Saturday night at LECOM Park.

Bradenton jumped out to an early lead in the first inning.  Mitchell Tolman tripled to right and later scored on a wild pitch to give them a 1-0 lead.

The Stone Crabs bounced back and answered with a five run third inning.  Nathan Lukes singled to left.  He moved to second via a stolen base and then to third following a single by Brandon Lowe.  Jake Fraley cleared the bases with a three run homer, the Stone Crabs first long ball of the season to give them the lead.  Two more runs came later in the inning on a two run double by Dalton Kelly to score Jake Cronenworth and Brett Sullivan, giving the Stone Crabs a 5-1 lead.

Bradenton followed with a home run of their own in the bottom of the third.  Logan Hill went deep with a solo shot to make it 5-2.

Bradenton tied the game in the sixth inning. A two run double by Chrisian Kelley and an RBI single by Michael Tolman tied the game at 5.

The Marauders regained the lead by scoring in the bottom of the eighth.  Daniel Arribas delivered an infield single, scoring Casey Hughston and giving the Marauders a 6-5 lead.

The Stone Crabs tied the game once again in the top of the ninth.  Lowe drew a walk to put the tying run on the basepath.  Peter Maris single to right, moving Lowe to third.  Then a sac fly by Fraley scored Lowe and tied the game.

But the Marauders used home field advantage to pick up the win.  A single nad back to back walks loaded the bases for the Marauders.  Then a bases loaded free pass to Arribas scored Hill and handed the Stone Crabs the 7-6 walk-off loss.

Taylor Hawkins was charged with the loss for the Stone Crabs.  Jess Amedee was the winning pitcher for Bradenton.

The Stone Crabs look to avoid the sweep in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at LECOM Park.

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Where Are They Now: Class of 2010

Today’s Where Are They Now feature showcases the Class of 2010.

MLB

  • Rocco Baldelli (Tampa Bay Rays) *First Base Coach*
  • Tim Beckham (Tampa Bay Rays)
  • Matt Bush (Texas Rangers)
  • Alex Colome (Tampa Bay Rays)
  • Jeremy Hellickson (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Matt Joyce (Oakland Athletics)
  • Matt Moore (San Francisco Giants)
  • Shawn O’Malley (Seattle Mariners)
  • Stephen Vogt (Oakland Athletics)

Triple-A

  • Kirby Yates (Salt Lake Bees – Angels)

Advanced-A

  • Shawn Williams (Clearwater Threshers – Phillies) *manager*

Independent

  • Kyeong Kang (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks – American Association)

Free Agent/ No Longer Playing

  • Leslie Anderson
  • Chris Andujar
  • Grant Balfour
  • Nick Barnese
  • Tyler Bortnick
  • Kevin Chavez
  • Joe Cruz
  • Dane De La Rosa
  • Frank De Los Santos
  • Shane Dyer
  • Sergio Espinosa
  • Matt Fields
  • Marquis Fleming
  • Reid Fronk
  • Justin Garcia
  • Matt Hall
  • Brad Hawpe
  • Michael Jarman
  • Jake Jefferies
  • Gabe Kapler
  • Omar Luna
  • Deivis Mavarez
  • Chris Murrill
  • Rayner Oliveros
  • Carlos Pena
  • Zach Quate
  • Tommy Rafferty
  • Ryan Royster
  • Josh Satow
  • Anthony Scelfo
  • Neil Schenk
  • Greg Sexton
  • Michael Sheridan
  • Brian Shouse
  • Scott Shuman
  • Andy Sonnanstine
  • Matt Spring
  • Matt Sweeney
  • Mark Thomas
  • Jake Thompson
  • Isias Velazquez
  • Henry Wrigley
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Stone Crabs Fall to Bradenton

The Stone Crabs were unable to contain the Bradenton Marauders powerful offensive attack as they fell 9-3 on Friday night at Charlotte Sports Park.

The Stone Crabs struck first by scoring in the opening frame. Jake Cronenworth singled to right to lead off the inning. He stole second to move into scoring position. Cronenworth would score on an RBI double by Kevin Padlo to give the Stone Crabs a 1-0 lead.

The Marauders struck for three runs in the fourth to grab the lead. A bases loaded line drive by Jordan George pushed across three runners to give Bradenton a 3-1 lead.

Both clubs exchanged runs in the sixth inning. It was an RBI single by George in the top of the inning that gave the Marauders a run. In the bottom of the inning Brett Sullivan tripled to right and then scored on a sac fly by Ryan Boldt to make it 4-2.

Bradenton added a pair of runs in the seventh on a two run triple by Cole Tucker to increase their lead to 6-2.

The Stone Crabs pushed across their final run of the vening in the bottom of the seventh. Dalton Kelly reached on a force out and then scored on an RBI double by Sullivan to cut the lead in half 6-3.

The Marauders weren’t done as they pushed across three more runs in the ninth to hand the Stone Crabs the loss.

Blake Bivens suffered the loss for the Stone Crabs while Bret Helton earned the win for Bradenton.

The four game series now shifts to LECOM Field in Bradenton for the remaining two games. Jose Mujica will get the start for the Stone Crabs against Mitch Keller for Bradenton. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30.

Box Summary

Hitters

  • Jake Cronenworth (SS): 2 for 4 with a walk and run scored
  • Dalton Kelly (1B): 0 for 5 with a run scored
  • Brett Sullivan (C): 2 for 5 with a double, triple and run scored
  • Kevin Padlo (3B): 1 for 3 with a double, RBI
  • Ryan Boldt (RF): 1 for 2 with a double
  • David Rodriguez (DH): 0 for 3
  • David Olmedo-Barrera (LF): 1 for 4 with a double
  • Peter Maris (2B): 1 for 3
  • Angel Moreno (CF): 0 for 4

Pitchers

  • Blake Bivens (Loss, 0-1): 3 runs on 5 hits with 7 strikeouts and 2 walks in 5 innings
  • Brandon Lawson: 3 runs on 4 hits with a strikeout and 2 walks in 1 2/3 innings
  • Tyler Brashears: 3 runs on 3 hits with 5 strikeotus and 2 walks in 2 1/3 innings
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Where Are They Now: Class of 2009

As the season has begun and all the players have been assigned, we will take a look back at where former Stone Crabs have landed for the 2017.  The first segment takes a look a the inaugural year of the Stone Crabs and the Class of 2009.

MLB

  • Alex Cobb (Tampa Bay Rays)
  • Scott Kazmir (Los Angeles Dodgers)
  • Jake McGee (Colorado Rockies)
  • Shawn O’Malley (Seattle Mariners)
  • Stephen Vogt (Oakland Athletics)

Advanced-A

  • Shawn Williams (Clearwater Threshers – Phillies) *manager*

Foreign

  • Angel Castro (Sultanes de Monterrey – Mexican League)
  • Darin Downs (Lamigo Monkeys – Chinese Professional Baseball League)

Free Agent/ No Longer Playing

  • Drew Anderson
  • Nevin Ashley
  • Jason Bartlett
  • Kevin Boggan
  • Chad Bradford
  • Pat Burrell
  • Joey Callender
  • Cody Cipriano
  • Jesse Darcy
  • Richard De Los Santos
  • Matt Fields
  • Marquis Fleming
  • Brian Flores
  • Reid Fronk
  • Justin Garcia
  • Matt Gorgen
  • Matt Hall
  • Jeremy Hall
  • Austin Hinkle
  • Craig James
  • Crisitan Lopez
  • Diogenes Luis
  • Omar Luna
  • John Matulia
  • Deivis Mavarez
  • Michael McCormick
  • Joe Angel Mejias
  • Ryan Morse
  • David Newmann
  • Rayner Oliveros
  • Ian Paxton
  • Fernando Perez
  • Paul Phillips
  • Pedro Powell
  • Tommy Rafferty
  • Shawn Riggans
  • Ryan Royster
  • Emeel Salem
  • Josh Satow
  • Greg Sexton
  • Brian Shouse
  • Matt Sweeney
  • Mitch Talbot
  • Mark Thomas
  • Melvin Upton Jr
  • Henry Wrigley
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