The Stone Crabs pried out of their shells in the middle of Monday night’s game against the Tampa Yankees, pounding five runs against Yankee pitching in the fifth. Coupled with solid efforts from FSL All-Star starter Ryan Carpenter, newcomer Andrew Bellatti, and Nate Garcia, the fiery offensive production carried the Stone Crabs to a 6-3 win.
The Stone Crabs were down 3-1 leading into the decisive inning. However, when Yankee starter Corey Black departed and Diego Moreno took the ball, the offense responded. Ryan Brett initiated the rally with a leadoff single, his second of three hits on the night, and scored on Drew Vettleson’s single to right field. One run later, Hector Guevara drove in Richie Shaffer, who reached on a triple, for his seventh RBI in a 10-game span. Moreno thereafter took the loss (0-2).
Luke Bailey, who knocked in the final RBI of the game, was hit on the head by a pitch in the bottom of the seventh and consequently removed from the field. No official word pertaining to Bailey’s condition has arrived yet.
On the mound, Ryan Carpenter asserted his All-Star status by staying the Yankees bats after a rough first inning. A leadoff single by Ben Gamel turned into the initial RBI of the game and was supplemented by two more via Yeral Sanchez and Casey Stevenson. Those three runs were the only stains on Carpenter’s six-inning final line. The left-hander would earn his third consecutive win, improving his record to 6-3.
Andrew Bellatti, a recent arrival from the Montgomery Biscuits squad, and Nate Garcia punched out the Yankees in the three remaining innings. Garcia, whose ERA in the 10 games prior to the night’s matchup lay at an impressive 2.13, dealt a strikeout to Angelo Gumbs and two groundouts to Ali Castillo and Eduardo Sosa in the ninth to end the game. Garcia’s save total rose to five for the season.
The Stone Crabs meet the Yankees once again on Tuesday night, with the first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
- Ryan Brett (2B): 3 for 4 with a walk and a run scored; currently has a four-game hitting streak
- Kes Carter (CF): 0 for 5
- Drew Vettleson (RF): 1 for 4 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored
- Richie Shaffer (3B): 1 for 4 with a triple, a walk, an RBI, and 2 runs scored
- Alejandro Segovia (DH): 0 for 2 with 2 walks; first game since May 25 (DL)
- Hector Guevara (SS): 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs and a run scored
- Jeff Malm (1B): 2 for 4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored
- Luke Bailey (C): 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI; left game in seventh (HBP to head)
- Taylor Motter (LF): 0 for 4
- Ryan Carpenter (W, 6-3): 3 earned runs, 6 hits, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts over 6 innings
- Andrew Bellatti: 1 walk and 2 strikeouts over 2 innings
- Nate Garcia (S, 5): one scoreless, hitless inning