Well the fourth wasn’t with the Stone Crabs as they lost to the St Lucie Mets 5-0 on Star Wars Day at Charlotte Sports Park. On an afternoon highlighted by Star Wars characters, it was missed opportunities that doomed the Stone Crabs as they went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine base runners on the day.
The Mets jumped out to an early lead in the first inning and never looked back. Stone Crabs starter Jeff Ames walked the first two hitters of the game and then allowed a single to TJ Rivera to load the bases. Jairo Perez and Cam Maron each plated a run to give the Mets a 2-0 lead.
The Stone Crabs tried to counter in the home half of the first by loading the bases but they were unable to cross a run and left the bases juiced after an inning ending strikeout.
The Mets struck again in the fourth, this time pushing across three runs. Eudy Pina drove home two runs with a single to left. Pina later scored on a single by Dilson Herrera to increase their lead to 5-0.
The Stone Crabs threatened in the eighth as they loaded the bases once again. But just like the first, an inning ending strikeout stranded the runners and left the Stone Crabs off the scoreboard.
Ames was charged with the loss and has fallen to 0-3 on the season. Matt Koch was the winner for the Mets and Seth Lugo earned the save.
The Stone Crabs play host to the Mets for game two of the series on Monday at Charlotte Sports Park. Austin Pruitt (2-1, 5.61) will be on the hill for the Stone Crabs on Cinco De Mayo as he opposes Gabriel Ynoa (2-2, 6.93)
- Tommy Coyle (2B): 1 for 3
- Leonardo Reginatto (SS): 1 for 4
- Maxx Tissenbaum (DH): 2 for 4
- Pat Leonard (1B): 1 for 4
- Kes Carter (CF): 0 for 2 with 2 walks
- Justin O’Conner (C): 0 for 4
- Tyler Goeddel (3B): 2 for 4
- Josh Sale (LF): 1 for 4 with a double
- Marty Gantt (RF): 0 for 4
- Jeff Ames (Loss, 0-3): 5 runs on 5 hits with 2 strikeouts and 4 walks in 3 2/3 innings
- Ryan Garton: 4 1/2 no-hit innings with a walk and a strikeout
- Nick Sawyer: 1 scoreless inning with a hit, 2 strikeouts and a walk