Stone Crabs Held Scoreless by Brevard County

The Stone Crabs were shut-out by the Brevard County Manatees, losing 2-0 on Thursday night at Space Coast Stadium. The offense went 0 for 11 with runners in scoring position as they failed to score a run in the loss.

Brevard County took the lead in the first inning. Chris McFarland drew a walk to lead off the inning. He would later score on an RBI single by Taylor Brennan to give them a 1-0 lead.
The Manatees added an insurance run in the seventh on an RBI single by Garrett Cooper to make it 2-0.

The Stone Crabs would put runners in scoring position in six of the nine innings, but failed to find a way to score the runners as they fell 2-0.

German Marquez suffered the loss, evening his record at 3-3. Javier Salas was the winning pitcher and Trevor Seidenberger picked up the save.

The series concludes on Friday night at Space Coast Stadium. Taylor Guerrieri (0-0, 1.59) will get the start against Jorge Ortega for Brevard County.

Box Summary

Hitters

  • Dayron Varona (RF): 2 for 5 with a double
  • Kean Wong (2B): 2 for 5
  • Willy Adames (SS): 1 for 5
  • Jake Bauers (1B): 0 for 4
  • Mike Marjama (1B): 0 for 1
  • Granden Goetzman (DH): 1 for 4
  • Alec Sole (3B): 1 for 3 with a walk
  • Armando Araiza (C): 1 for 3
  • Yoel Araujo (RF): 0 for 4
  • Braxton Lee (CF): 0 for 3

Pitchers

  • German Marquez (Loss, 3-3): 1 run on 6 hits with a strikeout and 3 walks in 4 innings
  • Isaac Gil: 1 run on 4 hits with 3 strikeouts in 3 innings
  • Steve Ascher: 1 scoreless inning with 2 hits
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Claw Digest Players of the Week: 5/21 to 5/27

Hitter of the Week
GanttMarty Gantt help lead the Stone Crabs offense this week, providing the offenses with three doubles and seven runs on the week, two driven in and five scored. He has quietly taken over the team lead in batting average and on-base percentage. His biggest night came in the series opener against Brevard County where he was 3 for 5 with 2 doubles. Gantt is now hitting a career best .306.

Pitcher of the Week
FariaJacob Faria continues to lead the team and the league on the mound. He won his eighth game of the season this week and now leads the minors in wins. In his start this week, Faria tossed seven scoreless frames against Brevard County. He is now 8-1 with a league leading 1.35 ERA.

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Stone Crabs Week in Review: 5/21 to 5/27

Charlotte Stone CrabsThe Stone Crabs were flawless this week, going a perfect 6-0 on the week. The swept the Tampa Yankees and took the first two games of a four game series against Brevard County to end the week on a six game winning streak. They are led by a pitching staff that has the lowest ERA in baseball.

The Stone Crabs have improved a league best 32-14 record and have extended their lead in the division to eight games over Fort Myers.

Hitting Leaders:
Average: Marty Gantt (.306, tenth in FSL)
Slugging: Jake Bauers (.473, third in FSL)
On Base Pct: Marty Gantt (.402, third in FSL)
Hits: Willy Adames (47)
Doubles: Will Adames & Jake Bauers (10, tied seventh in FSL)
Triples: Willy Adames (3, tied second in FSL)
Home Runs: Jake Bauers (5, tied fifth in FSL)
RBI’s: Jake Bauers (25, tied ninth in FSL)
Stolen Bases: Kean Wong (11, tied seventh in FSL)

Pitching Leaders:
ERA: Jacob Faria (1.35, first in FSL)
Wins: Jacob Faria (8, first in FSL)
Strikeouts: Jacob Faria (46, fifth in FSL)
WHIP: Buddy Borden (0.97, seventh in FSL)

Team Hitting Stats (league rank):
Average: .261 (2 of 12)
Slugging: .354 (4 of 12)
On Base Pct: .337 (2 of 12)
Hits: 387 (tied 4 of 12)
Doubles: 69 (3 of 12)
Triples: 10 (tied 3 of 12)
Home Runs: 16 (8 of 12)
Runs Scored: 196 (3 of 12)
Stolen Bases: 47 (3 of 12)

Team Pitching Stats (league rank):
ERA: 2.14 (1 of 12)
Runs Allowed: 123 (1 of 12)
Strikeouts: 305 (12 of 12)
Walks: 142 (8 of 12)

Transactions: P CJ Riefenhauser added to roster on MLB Rehab Assignment (5/24/15). IF Ryan Brett added to roster on MLB Rehab Assignment (5/24/15). IF Juniel Querecuto promote to Durham (5/25/15). P Ryne Stanek promoted to Montgomery (5/25/15). OF Marty Gantt transferred to extended spring training (5/26/15). IF Alec Sole added to roster from extended spring training (5/26/15). P Eduar Quinonez added to roster from extended spring training (5/26/15). OF Dayron Varona added to roster (5/26/15).

Disabled List: OF Ty Morrison (elbow) and P Nick Sawyer (elbow)

The Week Ahead: 5/28/15-5/29/15: at Brevard County Manatees (18-27). 5/30/15-6/1/15: at Palm Beach Cardinals (22-24). 6/2/15: at Fort Myers Miracle (24-22). 6/3/15: vs Fort Myers Miracle (24-22).

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Stone Crabs Hold Off Rally to Win Sixth Straight

Jacob Faria pitched six scoreless innings to earn his league leading eighth win. (Photo: Jim Donten)

Jacob Faria pitched seven scoreless innings to earn his league leading eighth win. (Photo: Jim Donten)

The Stone Crabs almost watched their winning streak fade away as the home team rallied in the bottom of the ninth, but the they held on to win 3-2 over the Brevard County Manatees on Wednesday night at Space Coast Stadium.

The Stone Crabs broke the scoreless tie by pushing across a pair of runs in the top of the fourth inning. Pat Blair hit a bases loaded single to score Jake Bauers for the first run of the game. Then Granden Goetzman scored on a sac fly by Yoel Araujo to give the Stone Crabs a 2-0 lead.

The Stone Crabs added an insurance run in the top of the eighth inning. Willy Adames doubled to center and then scored on an RBI single by Bauers to extend the lead to 3-0.

Brevard County rallied in the bottom of the ninth. They pushed across two runs to pull to within a run, but closer Brad Schreiber recovered to strand the tying run on the bases and secure the 3-2 win.

Jacob Faria improved to 8-1 on the season and Schreiber notched the save. Brandon Woodruff suffered the loss.

Both teams are back on the field Thursday night for game three of the series. German Marquez (3-2, 2.48) gets the ball for the Stone Crabs against Javier Salas (3-3, 2.61) for Brevard County.

Box Summary

Hitters

  • Dayron Varona (RF): 0 for 4
  • Kean Wong (2B): 0 for 4
  • Willy Adames (SS): 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and a run scored
  • Jake Bauers (1B): 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored
  • Granden Goetzman (LF): 1 for 4 with a run scored
  • Maxx Tissenbaum (C): 0 for 4
  • Pat Blair (3B): 1 for 3 with an RBI
  • Yoel Araujo (DH): 0 for 3
  • Braxton Lee (CF): 2 for 4

Pitchers

  • Jacob Faria (Win, 8-1): 7 scoreless innings with 6 strikeouts, 4 hits and a walk
  • Jeff Ames (Hold, 3): 1 no-hit inning with 2 strikeouts
  • Brad Schreiber (Save, 11): 2 runs on 2 hits with 2 walks and a strikeout in 1 inning
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Stone Crabs Win Fifth Straight Following Series Opener Win Against Brevard County

The Stone Crabs extended their current winning streak to five games after winning the series opener against the Brevard County Manatees 7-3 on Tuesday night at Space Coast Stadium. Newly acquired Cuban outfielder Dayron Varona made his debut, helping lead the offense with 2 hits including a two run triple.

The Stone Crabs took the lead in the third inning and never looked back. Pat Blair doubled to right to lead off the inning. He scored on a single by Yoel Araujo to break the scoreless tie. The Stone Crabs loaded the bases with a single by Varona and a bunt by Kean Wong. Willy Adames would drive home two run with a single to center to give the Stone Crabs a 3-0 lead.

The Stone Crabs added three more runs an inning later. Armando Araiza and Blair singled to get things going. They both scored on an RBI triple by Varona. Varona later scored on a single by Wong to increase the lead to 6-0.

The Stone Crabs scored their final run of the night in the top of the seventh. Jake Bauers went deep to right for his fifth homer of the season to make it 7-0.

Brevard County scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to avoid the shut-out. But the Stone Crabs would hold on for the 7-3 win.

Chris Kirsch picked up the win for the Stone Crabs. Wei-Chung Wang suffered the loss.

The four game series continues on Wednesday night at Space Coast Stadium. Jacob Faria (7-1, 1.55) will go after his league leading eighth win against Brandon Woodruff (1-1, 4.38) for Brevard County.

Box Summary

Hitters

Dayron Varona (CF): 2 for 4 with a triple, 2 RBI’s and 2 runs scored
Kean Wong (2B): 1 for 3 with an RBI
Willy Adames (SS): 1 for 4 with 2 RBI’s
Jake Bauers (1B): 2 for 4 with a double and a home run
Granden Goetzman (LF): 0 for 5
Mike Marjama (DH): 0 for 5
Armando Araiza (C): 1 for 4 with a run scored
Pat Blair (3B): 2 for 4 with a double and 2 runs scored
Yoel Araujo (RF): 2 for 4 with a double, RBI and a run scored

Pitchers

Chris Kirsch: 6 scoreless innings with 5 strikeouts and 6 hits
Jordan Harrison: 3 runs on 4 hits in 1 inning
Josh Kimborowicz: 1 no-hit inning with a strikeout and a walk
Kyle McKenzie: 1 no-hit inning

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Stone Crabs Make Several Roster Moves

After a day off, the Stone Crabs were busy adjusting their roster with a few additions and one transfer.

  • OF Marty Gantt was transferred to extended spring training
  • P Eduar Quinonez added to roster from extended spring training
  • IF Alec Sole added to roster from extended spring training
  • OF Dayron Varona added to roster

Gantt departs the Stone Crabs after hitting .306 in 32 games for the Stone Crabs this season. He is in his second season with the Stone Crabs.

Quinonez is in his eighth season in the Rays organization. His last assignment was with the GCL Rays in 2014. He is 20-28 with a 5.49 in 101 career games.

Sole makes his Stone Crabs debut in just his second professional season. He was with the Hudson Valley Renegades last season where he hit .199 in 63 games. Sole was drafted by the Rays in the 18th round of the 2014 Draft.

Varona makes his US debut as a member of the Stone Crabs. He was signed by the Rays from Cuba earlier this month.

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Varona Debuts with Stone Crabs

Earlier this month, the Rays signed Cuban outfielder Dayron Varona. He has been assigned to the Stone Crabs and is in the lineup for the Stone Crabs tonight for the series opener in Brevard County.

The 27 year old outfielder played in the Cuban National Series for nine years. He was a gold glove winner in 2013.

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Series Preview: Brevard County Manatees

Brevard County ManateesThe Stone Crabs return from a day off by traveling to the east coast for a four game series against the Brevard County Manatees. This is the first meeting of the year for the Stone Crabs and the Manatees but the Stone Crabs are 10-2 on the year against North Division opponents.

The Stone Crabs are coming off a four game sweep of the Tampa Yankees and bring a league best 30-14 record into the series. The Manatees are currently in last place in the North Division with a 18-25 record.

By the Numbers

Stone Crabs

 

Brevard County

30-14

Record

18-25

.260

Batting Avg

.246

.350

Slugging Pct

.345

.337

On Base Pct

.316

186

Runs Scored

162

367

Hits

356

64

Doubles

60

9

Triples

7

15

Home Runs

23

46

Stolen Bases

54

2.12

Earned Run Avg

3.41

118

Runs Against

176

290

Strikeouts

297

1.16

Walk/Hit per Inning Pitched

1.28

Players to Watch
OF Clint Coulter (Brewers #3 Prospect by Baseball America, leads league in home runs and RBI’s)
OF Omar Garcia (leads league in stolen bases)
IF Chris McFarland (leads Brevard County in hitting, tied for league lead in doubles)
P Jorge Ortega (leads Brevard County in pitching)
OF Victor Roache (leads league in slugging)
P Wei-Chung Wang (Brewers #6 Prospect by Baseball America)

Matchups
5/26/15: CHA Chris Kirsch (2-2, 3.26) vs BRE Wei-Chung Wang (2-1, 5.82) at Space Coast Stadium (6:35)
5/27/15: CHA Jacob Faria (7-1, 1.55) vs BRE Brandon Woodruff (1-1, 4.38) at Space Coast Stadium (6:35)
5/28/15: CHA German Marquez (3-2, 2.48) vs BRE Javier Salas (3-3, 2.61) at Space Coast Stadium (6:35)
5/29/15: CHA Taylor Guerrieri (0-0, 1.59) vs BRE Jorge Ortega (3-4, 2.21) at Space Coast Stadium (6:35)

Travel Guide
The Brevard County Manatees play their home games at Space Coast Stadium which is located at 5800 Stadium Pkwy in Viera. The stadium is 206 miles from Charlotte Sports Park or about 3 and a half hours away.

Tickets for games at Space Coast Stadium can be purchased by visiting the Manatees Online Box Office and are $8 for box and $6 for reserved. Parking is free.

The official FSL hotel for games in Brevard County is the Holiday Inn Melbourne – Viera Conference Center Hotel located at 8298 N Wickham Rd in Melbourne. Rooms start at $105 a night. You can call them at (321) 255-0077 or visit their website for more information.

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Game Photos from 5/23: Stone Crabs vs Yankees

Click on the photo above to view photos from Saturday night’s Stone Crabs game against the Tampa Yankees.

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Stanek Promoted to Montgomery

Ryne StanekStone Crabs starter Ryne Stanek has been promoted to the Montgomery Biscuits. Stanek started nine games for the Stone Crabs this season and is 4-2 with a 1.78 ERA and 38 strikeouts. His ERA is fifth best in the Florida State League.

Stanek was the Rays first round draft pick in the 2013 draft. He is in his second season in the organization.

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