Stone Crabs Edge Dunedin in Series Opener

Reinaldo Lopez was strong on Thursday as he picked up his sixth win of the season

Reinaldo Lopez was strong on Thursday as he picked up his sixth win of the season

The Stone Crabs have won their third straight as they squeaked by the Dunedin Blue Jays 2-1 in the series opener at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.

Dunedin broke the scoreless tie in the fourth inning. Dwight Smith led off the inning with a triple to center. He scored on a grounder by Marcus Knecht to give the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead.

The Stone Crabs countered in the top of the fifth inning. Marty Gantt and Granden Goetzman reached on back to back walks. A line drive by Leonardo Reginatto drove home both runners to give the Stone Crabs a 2-1 lead.

The pitching staff backed by some great defense was more than enough to keep the Blue Jays off the board the rest of the night, earning a 2-1 win.

Reinaldo Lopez was the winner and improved to 6-4 on the season. Zach Cooper recorded his second save of the season. Sean Nolin was the losing pitcher for Dunedin.

The series continues on Friday in Dunedin.

Box Summary

Hitters

  • Johnny Field (CF): 0 for 4
  • Leonardo Reginatto (SS): 1 for 4 with 2 RBI’s
  • Pat Leonard (1B): 2 for 4 with a double
  • Justin O’Conner (C): 1 for 4
  • Tyler Goeddel (3B): 0 for 4
  • Josh Sale (RF): 0 for
  • Ariel Soriano (2B): 1 for 4
  • Marty Gantt (LF): 0 for 1 with 2 walks and a run scored
  • Granden Goetzman (DH): 1 for 3 with a walk and a run scored

Pitchers

  • Reinaldo Lopez (Win, 6-4): 7 2/3 inning with 1 run on 9 hits with 3 strikeouts and 1 walk
  • Jose Molina (Hold, 3): 1 no-hit inning
  • Zach Cooper (Save, 2): retired the final hitter of the night
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