A ninth inning attempt at a comeback was quashed last minute for the Stone Crabs on Thursday’s game against the St. Lucie Mets. The Stone Crabs put four runners aboard and scored three, but the Mets pitching managed the final out before Charlotte could tie or win. As a result, the team settled for one victory in the three game set, having fallen 7-6 in the last game.
The Stone Crabs’ offense did not lack spunk. The team plated a run in each of the first three innings off starter Matthew Bowman, with RBIs from Drew Vettleson, Enmanuel Paulino, and Curt Casali, respectively. Casali went on to double in the ninth to claim one of the RBIs, and overall went 3-for-3 with two walks. Bowman would later take the win, improving to 5-2.
The other pair of runs in the final inning were catalyzed by Jeff Malm, who doubled in Richie Shaffer and Alejandro Segovia off Hamilton Bennett. The knuckleballer was removed in favor of T.J. Chism, who gained the save (12) after forcing a pop out and a ground out from Jake DePew and Jake Hager to end the ballgame.
Two frames earlier, a good deal of drama ensued on the field during the Stone Crabs half. Mets’ hitting coach Benny Distefano was ejected from the game for excessively arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire James Rackley. Three batters in, Richie Shaffer was drilled by Angel Cuan, who was also thrown out on grounds of retaliation.
Ryan Carpenter manned the hill for a five-inning outing, surrendering an equal amount of earned runs to St. Lucie’s bats, including a two-run blast to Kyle Johnson. Carpenter fell to 7-6. Andrew Bellatti followed and served up the final two runs in the eighth.
The Stone Crabs head out to Brighthouse Stadium in Clearwater for a four-game series against the Threshers beginning on Friday. Felipe Rivero is scheduled to make the start, with a 6:30 first pitch.
- Ryan Brett (2B): 1 for 4 with a walk
- Kes Carter (CF): 1 for 4 with a walk and a run scored
- Drew Vettleson (RF): 1 for 5
- Richie Shaffer (3B): 1 for 2 with a double, a hit-by-pitch, 2 walks, and 2 runs scored
- Alejandro Segovia (1B): 2 for 4 with a walk and a run scored
- Jeff Malm (LF): 1 for 5 with a double, 2 RBIs, and a run scored
- Curt Casali (C): 3 for 3 with 2 walks, a double, 2 RBIs, and a run scored
- Willie Argo (PR): 0 for 0
- Jake DePew (C): 0 for 5
- Enmanuel Paulino (SS): 2 for 4 with an RBI
- Jake Hager (PH): 0 for 1
- Ryan Carpenter (L, 7-6) 5 earned runs (1 homerun) off 8 hits, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts over 4 innings
- Andrew Bellatti: 2 earned runs off 2 hits, a walk, and 5 strikeouts over 3 innings
- Nate Garcia: a scoreless, hitless inning with a walk