Stone Crabs Walk-Off Against Bradenton

Maxx Tissenbaum drove home the game winning run in the bottom of the ninth.  (Photo: Jim Donten)

Maxx Tissenbaum drove home the game winning run in the bottom of the ninth. (Photo: Jim Donten)

The Stone Crabs trailed much of the night, but some late game heroics help the Stone Crabs walk-off against the Bradenton Marauders on Monday night at Charlotte Sports Park. This was the Stone Crabs second walk-off win of the season.

Bradenton took the lead in the first inning on an RBI single by Erich Weiss to give them a 1-0 lead.

The Marauders added to their lead in the second. A two run double by Justin Maffei made it 3-0.

Bradenton scored another run in the sixth. A bases loaded walk to Chris Diaz increased their lead to 4-0.

The Stone Crabs got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth. Juniel Querecuto reached on an error to lead off the inning. He later scored on a double by Willy Adames. Walks to Joey Rickard and Maxx Tissenbaum would load the bases. Pat Blair then drew a bases loaded walk to score Adames and cut the lead in half.

The Stone Crabs tied the game in the bottom of the seventh. Braxton Lee singled to left to get things started. Adames then drove him home with a double to center. Adames later scored on a single by Jake Bauers to tie the game.

Bradenton took back the lead in the top of the eighth. Jose Osuna scored on ground ball by Diaz to give them a slim lead.

The Stone Crabs used the home field advantage to orchestrate the winning rally in the bottom of the ninth. Querecuto doubled to left to lead off the inning. A walk to Adames followed by a single by Bauers loaded the bases. Rickard tied the game on a bases loaded walk. Tissenbaum was the hero on the night, driving home the winning run with an RBI single to give the Stone Crabs the 6-5 win.

Kyle McKenzie earned the win in his Stone Crabs debut. Clario Perez was charged with the loss for Bradenton.

The series concludes on Tuesday night at Charlotte Sports Park. Jacob Faria (3-0, 1.06) will start the finale against Matt Benedict (2-0, 1.93) for Bradenton.

Box Summary

Hitters

  • Braxton Lee (CF): 2 for 4 with a run scored
  • Juniel Querecuto (SS): 1 for 5 with a double and 2 runs scored
  • Willy Adames (SS): 2 for 4 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI’s and 3 runs scored
  • Jake Bauers (1B): 2 for 5 with an RBI
  • Joey Rickard (LF): 1 for 2 with an RBI and 3 walks
  • Maxx Tissenbaum (DH): 1 for 4 with an RBI
  • Pat Blair (3B): 0 for 2 with an RBI and 2 walks
  • Armando Araiza (C): 0 for 3
  • Yoel Araujo (RF): 1 for 4

Pitchers

  • Chris Kirsch: 3 runs on 2 hits and 3 walks with 1 strikeout in 1 2/3 inning
  • Steve Ascher: 1 unearned run, on 2 hits with 1 strikeout and 3 walks in 3 2/3 inning
  • Jeff Ames: 2 no-hit innings with 1 unearned run, 3 strikeouts and a walk
  • Kyle McKenzie (Win, 1-0): 1 2/3 no-hit inning with a strikeout and a walk
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McKenzie Joins Stone Crabs

Kyle McKenzie has been promoted to the Stone Crabs from extended spring training. He will be replacing Blake Snell who has been promoted to Double-A. McKenzie’s first professional season in 2014 was split between Princeton and Hudson Valley where he was a combined 1-1 with a 1.40 ERA in 17 games.

McKenzie was drafted by the Rays in the 20th round of the 2014 Draft out of Tulane University. He had a phenomenal prep career, throwing the only perfect game in his school’s history and earning the 2009 Gatorade Player of the Year for Massachusetts.

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Snell Promoted to Montgomery

Photo: Jim Donten

Photo: Jim Donten

Stone Crabs ace Blake Snell has been promoted to Double-A Montgomery. Snell has been dominating the Florida State League this season, 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 4 games this year. Snell’s performance on the mound earned him the FSL Pitcher of the Week honors for the first week of the season.

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Late Rally Dooms Stone Crabs in Loss to Bradenton

Armado Araiza connected from his first home run of the season (Photo: Jim Donten)

Armado Araiza connected from his first home run of the season (Photo: Jim Donten)

The Stone Crabs gave up five runs in the late innings as they fell to the Bradenton Marauders 5-4 on Sunday afternoon at Charlotte Sports Park. The loss was the first at Charlotte Sports Park for the Stone Crabs this season.

The Stone Crabs took the lead in the first inning. Kean Wong singled to left and later scored on an RBI single by Marty Gantt to give the Stone Crabs a 1-0 lead.

The Stone Crabs extended their lead in the second following back to back home runs. Pat Blair took his first at bat as a Stone Crabs over the left field wall for a homer. Armando Araiza followed with a solo homer to make it 3-0.

The Stone Crabs scored again in the bottom of the fourth. Juniel Querecuto scored on a ground ball by Armando Araiza to increase the lead to 4-0.

The Stone Crabs kept Bradenton scoreless until the seventh when a two run home run by Jose Osuna put the Marauders on the board and cut the lead in half 4-2.

Bradenton took the lead an inning later. A two run triple by JaCoby Jones tied the game. Jones later scored on an RBI single by Osuna to give the Marauders a 5-4 lead.

The Stone Crabs put the tying run in scoring position in the eighth but could not find a way to score the run as they fell 5-4.

Buddy Borden was charged with the loss for the Stone Crabs. Andy Otamendi picked up the win and Brett McKinney the save for Bradenton.

The series continues on Monday at Charlotte Sports Park. Chris Kirsch (1-0, 3.21) will take the hill for the Stone Crabs against Steven Brault (0-0, 8.10) for Bradenton.

Box Summary

Hitters

  • Braxton Lee (CF): 0 for 4
  • Kean Wong (2B): 1 for 4 with a run scored
  • Joey Rickard (LF): 1 for 3 with a double
  • Jake Bauers (1B): 0 for 2 with a walk
  • Marty Gantt (DH): 1 for 4
  • Juniel Querecuto (SS): 1 for 4 with a run scored
  • Pat Blair (3B): 2 for 4 with a home run
  • Armando Araiza (C): 1 for 4 with a home run and 2 RBI’s
  • Yoel Araujo (RF): 0 for 4

Pitchers

  • Ryne Stanek: 5 scoreless innings with 2 strikeouts, 3 hits and a walk
  • Buddy Borden (Loss, 1-2): 5 runs on 7 hits with 3 strikeouts and 1 walk in 2 1/3 innings
  • Brad Schreiber: 1 2/3 scoreless innings with a hit
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Velazquez Placed on DL, Blair Joins Stone Crabs

Andrew Velazquez has been placed on the 7-day disabled list Sunday with a strained left shoulder. Velazquez was injured in Wednesday’s game in Bradenton, having to be removed from the game in the middle of his first at-bat of the game.

Taking his place on the roster is Pat Blair. Blair joins the Stone Crabs from extended spring training. Blair was drafted by the Rays in the 12th round of the 2013 draft out of Wake Forest.

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Series Preview: Bradenton Marauders

BradentonMaraudersThe Stone Crabs continue their current homestand with a three game series against the Bradenton Marauders. The Stone Crabs are 2-1 on the year against the Marauders. They have outscored Bradenton 20-12 and are hitting .284 and have a team ERA of 3.81 in the season series.

The Stone Crabs come into the series on a three game winning streak after sweeping the Cardinals. They are a perfect 7-0 at home and lead the division with a 12-5 record. Bradenton is currently in a three way tie for second place with a 9-8 record, three games back from the Stone Crabs.

By the Numbers

Stone Crabs

 

Bradenton

12-5

Record

9-8

.262

Batting Avg

.288

.351

Slugging Pct

.402

.345

On Base Pct

.356

77

Runs Scored

77

142

Hits

164

28

Doubles

28

4

Triples

5

4

Home Runs

9

9

Stolen Bases 15

2.40

Earned Run Avg

4.10

44

Runs Against

75

125

Strikeouts

130

1.18 Walk/Hit per Inning Pitched

1.32

Players to Watch
P Frank Duncan (leads Bradenton in pitching)
C Jin-De Jhang (leads Bradenton in hitting)
C Reese McGuire (Pirates #5 Prospect by Baseball America)
OF Austin Meadows (Pirates # 3 Prospect by Baseball America, leads league in hits)

Matchups
4/26/15: CHA Ryne Stanek (0-2, 3.07) vs BRA Frank Duncan (1-0, 1.69) at Charlotte Sports Park (3:00)
4/27/15 CHA Chris Kirsch (1-0, 3.21) vs BRA TBD at Charlotte Sports Park (6:30)
4/28/15: CHA Jacob Faria (3-0, 1.06) vs BRA TBD at Charlotte Sports Park (6:30)

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Snell Shuts Down Palm Beach to Sweep Series

Blake Snell improved 3-0 and has now extended his shut-out streak to 21 innings over four outings.

Blake Snell improved 3-0 and has now extended his shut-out streak to 21 innings over four outings.

The Stone Crabs lead by starter Blake Snell shut-out the Palm Beach Cardinals 4-0 on Saturday night at Charlotte Sports Park. Snell tossed six scoreless frames to help lead the Stone Crabs to victory.

The Stone Crabs broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth inning. Marty Gantt and Juniel Querecuto delivered back to back singles to get things started. Mike Marjama drove them both home on a double to left. Marjama scored on a single by Armando Araiza to give the Stone Crabs a 3-0 lead.

The Stone Crabs added an insurance run in the seventh inning. Braxton Lee doubled to left to lead off the inning. He later scored on a ground ball by Willy Adames to give the Stone Crabs the 4-0 margin of victory.

Snell earned the win, improving to 3-0 on the season. Arturo Reyes was the losing pitcher for Palm Beach.

The Stone Crabs will welcome the Bradenton Marauders to Charlotte Sports Park for a three game set starting on Sunday. Ryne Stanek (0-2, 3.07) will start the opener against Frank Duncan (1-0, 1.69) for Bradenton.

Box Summary

Hitters

  • Braxton Lee (CF): 1 for 2 with a double and a run scored
  • Kean Wong (2B): 1 for 4
  • Willy Adames (SS): 1 for 4
  • Jake Bauers (1B): 1 for 2 with 2 walks
  • Marty Gantt (LF): 1 for 4 with a run scored
  • Juniel Querecuto (3B): 1 for 3 with a run scored
  • Mike Marjama (DH): 1 for 4 with a double, 2 RBI’s and a run scored
  • Armando Araiza (C): 1 for 4 with an RBI
  • Yoel Araujo (RF): 1 for 3

Pitchers

  • Blake Snell (Win, 3-0): 6 scoreless innings with 6 strikeouts, 2 hits and 4 walks
  • Josh Kimborowicz (Hold, 1): 1 scoreless inning with a hit and a strikeout
  • Justin McCalvin: 2 scoreless innings with 2 hits, 2 strikeouts and a walk
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Big Inning Lifts Stone Crabs to Victory Over Palm Beach

Willy Adames was 3 for 4 on the night. (Photo: Jim Donten)

Willy Adames was 3 for 4 on the night. (Photo: Jim Donten)

Friday night’s scoreboard saw a bunch of zeros on the line score, however both teams managed to put up a number on the board in one half inning each. It was the Stone Crabs who’s number was higher at their six run third inning beat the one run first of Palm Beach, lifting the Stone Crabs to a 6-1 win.

The Cardinals jumped out to an early lead by scoring in the first inning. An RBI single by Luke Voit scored Mason Katz to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead.

From that point on the Stone Crabs pitching staff threw shut-out innings the remainder of the night, allowing the offense a chance to put them out in front.

That opportunity came in the bottom of the third inning, when the Stone Crabs sent eleven hitters to the player to knock across six runs. The inning started with Alexander Simon reaching on an error. He then scored on a triple by Marty Gantt to tie the game. Gantt came home on a single by Kean Wong to take the lead. They then added to their lead on an RBI single by Willy Adames, a two run single by Juniel Querecuto and an RBI double by Yoel Araujo gave the Stone Crabs a 6-1 lead.

After that, the Palm Beach pitching crew settled down and traded scoreless innings with the Stone Crabs. When the night ended it was the Stone Crabs heading to the clubhouse with a 6-1 win.
German Marquez picked up the win, his first as a Stone Crab. Corey Littrell suffered the loss for Palm Beach.

The series concludes on Saturday night at Charlotte Sports Park. Blake Snell (2-0, 0.00) takes to the mound in the finale against Arturo Reyes (1-0, 0.82).

Box Summary

Hitters

  • Marty Gantt (LF): 1 for 4 with a triple, RBI and a run scored
  • Kean Wong (2B): 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored
  • Willy Adames (SS): 3 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored
  • Joey Rickard (CF): 1 for 3 with a walk and a run scored
  • Maxx Tissenbaum (DH): 1 for 4 with a double
  • Juniel Querecuto (3B): 1 for 3 with 2 RBI’s and a run scored
  • Armando Araiza (C): 0 for 4
  • Yoel Araujo (RF): 1 for 4 with a double and an RBI
  • Alexander Simon (1B): 0 for 4 with a run scored

Pitchers

  • German Marquez (Win, 1-0): 1 unearned run on 4 hits with 4 strikeouts and 2 walks in 6 innings
  • Isaac Gil: 2 scoreless innings with a hit, strikeout and walk
  • Josh Kimborowicz: 1 scoreless inning with a hit
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Where Are They Now – Stone Crabs Playing in the Atlantic League

Atlantic_League_logoThe first of the independent baseball leagues are set to begin their 2015 season today. When the player hit the field for the opening day of the Atlantic League, here are the former Stone Crabs that will be taking the field along with the team they will be representing.

  • Sean Bierman (Somerset Patriots)
  • Tyler Bortnick (Lancaster Barnstormers)
  • Frank De Los Santos (Lancaster Barnstormers)
  • Matt Gorgen (Camden River Sharks)
  • Henry Wrigley (Lancaster Barnstormers)

You can follow the Atlantic League by following their website at www.atlanticleague.com.

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Stone Crabs Shut-Out Palm Beach in Series Opener

Jacob Faria tossed six scoreless innings to earn his third win of the season.

Jacob Faria tossed six scoreless innings to earn his third win of the season.

The fans at Charlotte Sports Park were treated to an old-fashion pitcher’s duel as the Stone Crabs and Palm Beach Cardinals battled on Thursday night in the series opener. Both pitching staffs were dominating on the mound as they combined for eight scoreless innings on the night.

The lone run of the night came in the bottom of the third inning. Kean Wong reached on an error to put a runner on the bases for the Stone Crabs. Then the Rays rehabbing first baseman James Loney struck a double to left which scored Wong on an errant throw to give the Stone Crabs a 1-0 lead.

With the pitching performances on the mound, that run was difference as the Stone Crabs held on for a 1-0 win.

Jacob Faria picked up the win, his third of the season. Brad Schreiber notched his third save of the campaign. Trey Nielsen was the losing pitcher for Palm Beach.

The series continues on Friday night at Charlotte Sports Park. German Marquez (0-0, 7.00) will get the ball for the Stone Crabs against Corey Littrell (0-2, 6.00) for Palm Beach.

Box Summary

Hitters

  • Kean Wong (2B): 0 for 4 with a run scored
  • James Loney (DH): 1 for 4 with a double
  • Willy Adames (SS): 0 for 4
  • Jake Bauers (1B): 1 for 2 with 2 walks
  • Joey Rickard (LF): 0 for 3 with a walk
  • Maxx Tissenbaum (C): 0 for 2 with a walk
  • Juniel Querecuto (3B): 0 for 2 with a walk
  • Marty Gantt (LF): 2 for 3
  • Braxton Lee (CF): 0 for 3

Pitchers

  • Jacob Faria (Win, 3-0): 6 scoreless innings with 3 hits, 4 strikeouts and 2 walks
  • Steve Ascher (Hold, 1): 2 scoreless innings with 2 hits, 1 strikeout and 1 walk
  • Brad Schreiber (Save, 3) 1 scoreless innings with a hit, 1 strikeout and 1 walk
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