The opponents offense and costly defensive errors proved too much to overcome as the Stone Crabs dropped game two of the doubleheader against the Palm Beach Cardinals on Friday night at Roger Dean Stadium.
The Cardinals broke the scoreless tie in the second inning by scoring four runs. There were only two hits in the inning, the rest of the movement on the bases came via two hit batter by Felipe Rivero, a throwing error, a walk and a wild pitch. By the time the dust settled, the Stone Crabs were in a 4-0 hole.
The Stone Crabs battled back with a run of their own in the top of the third inning. Taylor Motter led off the inning with a double to center field. He then scored on an RBI double by Jake Hager to bring the Stone Crabs within three runs of the lead.
But the Cardinals struck for three more runs in the bottom of the third. A walk to Geoffrey Klein followed by a double by Matt Williams put runners in scoring position with only one out. Then three consecutive singles scored three runs to extended the Cardinal lead to 7-1.
The first Stone Crab home run of the season would come in the top of the sixth inning as Drew Vettleson took an offering from Jose Almarante over the right field wall for the Stone Crabs second run of the game.
The Cardinals got one more run in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI double by Nick Longmire to hand the Stone Crabs a 8-2 loss.
Felipe Rivero was charged with the loss for the Stone Crabs. Lee Stoppelman was the winning pitcher for the Cardinals.
The series moves to Charlotte Sports Park for Saturday’s game. Jesse Hahn is scheduled to pitch for the Stone Crabs against Tim Cooney for the Cardinals.
- Jake Hager (SS): 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI
- Kes Carter (CF): 0 for 3
- Drew Vettleson (RF): 1 for 3 with a solo home run
- Richie Shaffer (3B): 0 for 3
- Jeff Malm (1B): 1 for 3
- Alejandro Segovia (DH): 2 for 3
- Curt Casali (C): 0 for 3
- Steven Tinoco (LF): 0 for 3
- Taylor Motter (2B): 1 for 2 with a double and a run scored
- Felipe Rivero (Loss, 0-1): 4 runs, 1 earned on 4 hits with 2 walks in 1 2/3 innings
- Eliazer Suero: 3 runs on 4 hits with a strikeouts and a walk in 3 1/3 innings
- Austin Hubbard: 1 run on 2 hits with 2 strikeouts in 1 inning