The Stone Crabs were determined to not let their current skid extend any further as they took the series finale against the Palm Beach Cardinals on Friday night at Roger Dean Stadium. The Stone Crabs jumped out to an early lead and never looked back to win their first game of the second half.
The Stone Crabs wasted no time taking a lead in the first inning. Maxx Tissenbaum drove home two runs with an RBI single to center, scoring Leonardo Reginatto and Tommy Coyle. Two more runs came on a double by Justin O’Conner that scored Pat Leonard and Tissenbaum. An RBI double by Ariel Soriano brought home two more runs and the seventh run of the inning came off the bat of Tommy Coyle to give the Stone Crabs a 7-0 lead.
The Cardinals picked up three runs in the third to make it 7-3.
The Stone Crabs added a solo run in the third on an RBI single by Reginatto and another in the fourth when Soriano was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score O’Conner and give the Stone Crabs a 9-3 lead.
Palm Beach added a run in the fifth on an RBI double by Bruce Caldwell.
Both clubs exchanged runs in the ninth. Josh Sale singled home Goeddel in the top of the inning and Charlie Tilson drove home a run in the bottom of the inning. But the Stone Crabs held on for the 10-5 win.
Leonel Santiago earned the win.
The Stone Crabs will remain at Roger Dean Stadium for three more games. But the opponent changes to the Jupiter Hammerheads. The three game series kicks off on Saturday with Blake Snell on the mound for the Stone Crabs (1-4, 8.20) against Jake Esch (3-4, 6.14) for the Hammerheads.