The Stone Crabs added yet another split doubleheader to their repertoire Thursday night versus the Tampa Yankees at Charlotte Sports Park. The squad bounced back from a game one loss of 2-1 with vivid displays of homerun power and firm late-inning control from left-handed reliever Felipe Rivero. The Stone Crabs pulled through in game two with a 6-4 win. The four-game set ended with both teams claiming two victories.
Game two was characterized by the long ball. Curt Casali kick-started the show with a solo shot over the left field fence in the second inning off starter Scottie Allen. Taylor Motter matched Casali with a blast in the third. Both set the stage for the big two-run homer by Jeff Malm in the fifth inning off of Zach Arneson. Malm’s clutch RBIs put the Stone Crabs ahead 6-3 at the time and proved to be the final runs needed to secure the victory. Arneson took the loss (1-2) for the Yankees.
Jesse Hahn took the mound in game two. He surrendered three runs, all from an RBI double by Ben Gamel, through four innings.
Hahn handed the ball to Felipe Rivero in the fifth. That same inning, an errant throw to third by first baseman Jeff Malm brought the game to a tie. In light of Malm’s support, Rivero blew away the Yankee bats, allowing no additional runs in the final two innings and striking out a pair. Rivero gained his fifth win of the season (5-3).
A pitcher’s duel took place during game one. Stone Crabs starter Parker Markel threw five innings, his only earned run coming from a Ben Gamel sacrifice fly in the top of the first. Reliever Lenny Linsky would be tagged with the loss (1-4) after a Rob Refsnyder single scored Dan Florito in the seventh for the second and eventual winning run.
The Yankees pitching proved nearly untouchable. Richie Shaffer doubled in Drew Vettleson off of Sean Black for the sole Stone Crab RBI of the game. Tyler Garrison and Branden Pinder pitched two scoreless innings thereafter, with Garrison eventually earning the win (3-0) and Pinder the save (1).
The Stone Crabs enjoy three days off as the FSL All-Star Break commences on Friday. Play resumes on Monday with the team heading to St. Lucie to take on the Mets. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30.
Game 1 Hitting
- Kes Carter (CF): 0 for 3
- Taylor Motter (SS): 1 for 3
- Drew Vettleson (RF): 1 for 3 with a run scored
- Richie Shaffer (3B): 1 for 3 with an RBI double
- Alejandro Segovia (DH): 1 for 3
- Hector Guevara (2B): 1 for 3
- Jeff Malm (1B): 0 for 3
- Jake DePew (C): 2 for 3
- Willie Argo (LF): 0 for 2
Game 1 Pitching
- Parker Markel: 1 earned run off 5 hits, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts over 5 innings
- Roberto Gomez: 2 hits in 1 scoreless inning
- Lenny Linsky (L, 1-4): 1 earned run off 2 hits and 1 strikeout in 1 innings
Game 2 Hitting
- Kes Carter (CF): 1 for 4
- Taylor Motter (2B): 2 for 3 with a walk, a double, a homerun, an RBI, and 2 runs scored
- Drew Vettleson (RF): 2 for 2 with 2 walks, an RBI, and a run scored
- Alejandro Segovia (1B): 0 for 4
- Hector Guevara (SS): 1 for 3
- Curt Casali (C): 1 for 2 with a walk, a homerun, an RBI, and 2 runs scored
- Jeff Malm (DH): 1 for 1 with 2 walks, a 2-run homerun, and 1 run scored
- Ben Kline (3B): 0 for 3
- Willie Argo (LF): 1 for 3
Game 2 Pitching
- Jesse Hahn: 3 earned runs off 2 hits, 1 walk, and 5 strikeouts over 4 innings
- Felipe Rivero (W, 5-3): 1 unearned run off 2 hits, 1 walk, and 2 strikeouts over 3 innings