The Stone Crabs struggles continue as they lost their fifth game in a row, losing the series opener to the Clearwater Threshers by the score of 8-2.
Clearwater struck first, scoring a pair of runs in the second inning. A two run triple by Angelo Mora gave the Threshers a 2-0 lead.
The Stone Crabs cut the lead in half in the fourth inning. Granden Goetzman reached on a single to left and later scored on an RBI single by Pat Blair to put the Stone Crabs on the scoreboard.
Clearwater extended their lead to five runs after a four run fifth. An RBI sinlge by Malquin Canelo and Willians Astudillo followed by a two run triple by Andrew Pullin gave them a 6-1 lead.
The Stone Crabs scored their second and final run of the night in the seventh. Yoel Araujo drew a walk with two outs to put a runner on the bases. John Jaso moved him into scoring position following a single to left. Araujo would score on a line drive single by Kean Wong to make it 6-2.
The Threshers added another pair of runs in the eighth on back to back home runs by Andrew Pullin and Rhys Hoskins to increase their lead to 8-2.
The Stone Crabs never recovered and suffered the loss.
Brent Honeywell suffered the loss in his Stone Crabs debut. Ricardo Pinot picked up the win and Harold Guerrero the save for Clearwater.
Both teams are back at it at Charlotte Sports Park on Sunday afternoon. Taylor Guerrieri (1-0, 3.22) will be on the mound for the Stone Crabs against Matt Imhof (2-2, 3.26) for Clearwater.
- John Jaso (DH): 2 for 3
- Marty Gantt (PH-DH): 0 for 1
- Kean Wong (2B): 1 for 5 with an RBI
- Grady Sizemore (LF): 0 for 4 with a walk
- Mike Marjama (1B): 1 for 4
- Granden Goetzman (CF): 2 for 3 with a walk and a run scored
- Maxx Tissenbaum (C): 0 for 4
- Pat Blair (SS): 1 for 3 with an RBI and a walk
- Jace Conrad (3B): 0 for 4
- Yoel Araujo (RF): 0 for 2 with 2 walks and a run scored
- Brent Honeywell (Loss, 0-1): 6 runs on 8 hits with 5 strikeouts and 1 walk in 6 innings
- Andrew Woeck: 2 runs on 2 hits with 2 strikeouts in 2 innings
- Isaac Gil: 1 no-hit inning with 2 strikeouts