The offense was rolling in Saturday evening’s game against the Palm Beach Cardinals. The Stone Crabs scored six runs off of Palm Beach pitching, and were largely aided in their effort by the four errors committed by the Cardinals’ defense. A run apiece in the eighth and ninth innings gave Charlotte enough of a cushion to secure a 6-4 victory.
Richie Shaffer and Jeff Malm had one RBI apiece, with Hector Guevara topping the night’s numbers with two of his own. The other two runs came as a result of Palm Beach’s slippery defense. An error by left fielder Anthony Garcia allowed Richie Shaffer to score, and an error by shortstop Ronny Gil gave the Stone Crabs their final run in the ninth inning. Thomas Lee would take the loss for Palm Beach (0-1).
Jesse Hahn took the hill for the Stone Crabs for the first time since being placed on the DL with a forearm issue. Hahn pitched three innings and surrendered one earned run, striking out three in the process.
Hahn was followed by three relievers. Jared Mortensen pitched the longest and would earn the win at the end of the night (2-0). Mortensen was tagged with three runs (two earned) over four innings of work, fanning out six and walking only one. Andrew Bellatti and Nate Garcia combined for two scoreless innings thereafter, holding the game for the Stone Crabs.
Charlotte meets Palm Beach for the final regular season game of the 2013 season on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 with Ryan Carpenter slated for the start.
- Taylor Motter (LF): 1 for 5 with a run scored
- Jake Hager (SS): 1 for 5 with a run scored
- Willie Argo (DH): 1 for 4 with a run scored
- Richie Shaffer (3B): 1 for 4 with a walk, an RBI, and 2 runs scored
- Drew Vettleson (RF): 1 for 4 with a triple and a run scored
- Hector Guevara (2B): 2 for4 with 2 RBIs
- Jeff Malm (1B): 2 for 4 with an RBI
- Jake Depew (C): 1 for 4
- Kes Carter (CF): 0 for 3 with a walk
- Jesse Hahn: 1 run off 2 hits and 3 strikeouts in 3 innings
- Jared Mortensen (W, 2-0): 3 runs (2 earned and 1 homerun) off 4 hits, a walk, and 6 strikeouts in 4 innings
- Andrew Bellatti: 1 perfect inning with 2 strikeouts
- Nate Garcia (S, 12): a hit and a strikeout in 1 scoreless inning