Stone Crabs bats proved sprightly in both games of the doubleheader against the Palm Beach Cardinals Friday night. The pitching fully supported the offensive efforts only in game two, however, as a stellar effort from Felipe Rivero lifted the Stone Crabs to a victory. The Stone Crabs fell in game one 12-9, and gained the win in game two with a score of 4-0.
Runs spewed onto the scoreboard for the Stone Crabs in the second inning of game one. Five RBIs were divided between Hector Guevara, Luke Bailey, and Ryan Brett; the latter smacked a three-run homerun to center. All came off of starter Tyler Melling, who did not receive the decision.
The offense attempted final spurts of effort in the fifth and sixth. Hector Guevara accumulated a second RBI in the fifth, driving home Richie Shaffer with a single. Guevara dominated the Cardinals’ pitching staff, going a combined 4-for-7, including a pair of doubles, in the two games.
Parker Markel, the starter in game one, fought with control issues and could not capitalize upon the hitting support he received. Markel allowed four runs in the first inning, including a three-run homerun to Anthony Garcia, who also homered in the third.
Markel yielded to Jake Partridge, who ended as the losing pitcher (0-4) after dealing the eventual game-winning RBI single to Alex Mejia in the top of the sixth.
Travis Miller earned the win for the Cardinals (1-7), and Ronnie Shaban the save (7).
The only runs in game two came in the Stone Crabs half of the fifth inning. Hector Guevara led off with a fly ball double. Jay Voss hit Jeff Malm by a pitch, and Jake DePew reached first on an awry throw by Voss. The Cardinals left-hander exited the game thereafter, but could not escape without two runs to his name. Those, and an additional unearned run, scored after a Willie Argo single and two subsequent errors ended with four men crossing the plate. Voss was tagged with the loss (0-2).
The Stone Crabs needed no more than the four runs for the victory. Felipe Rivero breezed through all seven innings and kept the Cardinals’ score at zero. Rivero only allowed six hits and a walk to blemish his final line. Rivero raised his record to 4-3 and helped secure the win.
The Stone Crabs eye a second win on Saturday night as they face the Cardinals once again. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30.
Game one hitting
- Ryan Brett (2B): 3 for 4, 3-run homerun, a double, 3 RBIs, and 2 runs scored
- Jake Hager (SS): 1 for 4 with a double
- Kes Carter (CF): 0 for 3 with a sacrifice-fly RBI
- Richie Shaffer (3B): 1 for 3 with 2 runs scored
- Drew Vettleson (RF): 1 for 3 with a double and a run scored
- Hector Guevara (DH): 2 for 4 with a double, 2 RBIs, and a run scored
- Jeff Malm (1B): 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored
- Luke Bailey (C): 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs and a run scored
- Willie Argo (LF): 0 for 3 with a run scored
Game one pitching
- Parker Markel: 7 earned runs (3 homeruns), 7 hits, 1 walk, and 3 strikeouts over 4 innings
- Jake Partridge (L, 0-4): 4 hits, 5 runs (4 earned), 3 walks, and 3 strikeouts over 2 innings
- Kevin Brandt: 1 scoreless, hitless inning
Game two hitting
- Taylor Motter (LF): 1 for 3
- Jake Hager (SS): 1 for 2
- Kes Carter (DH): 0 for 2
- Richie Shaffer (3B): 0 for 3
- Drew Vettleson (RF): 0 for 2
- Hector Guevara (2B): 2 for 3 with one double and a run scored
- Jeff Malm (1B): 0 for 2 with a run scored
- Jake DePew (C): 0 for 0 with a run scored
- Willie Argo (CF): 1 for 2 with an RBI and a run scored
Game two pitching
- Felipe Rivero (W, 4-3): Complete-game shutout with 6 hits and 1 walk