Stone Crabs Win Florida State League Championship

The Stone Crabs are the 2015 Florida State League Champions.  (Photo: Jim Donten)

The Stone Crabs are the 2015 Florida State League Champions. (Photo: Jim Donten)

What started out on paper as an epic duel of starting pitchers turned out to be a battle of the bullpens and a test of patience and endurance. But when the thirteen inning battle ended, it was a bases loaded walk that would lift the Stone Crabs over the Daytona Tortugas 3-2 to give the Stone Crabs the 2015 Florida State League Championship.

The Stone Crabs came swinging against the Tortugas, collecting a pair of runs in the first inning. Braxton Lee led off the inning with a single to left. He advanced to third following a double by Hector Guevara. Sac flies by Mike Marjama and Casey Gillaspie would plate both of the runs to give the Stone Crabs a 2-0 lead.

Daytona cut the lead in half in the third inning. Ty Washington reached on a questionable catcher interference call to get the inning started. Washington would move to third following a double by Brian O’Grady to put two runners in scoring position with no outs. A ground out by Chad Wallach would score Washington and make it 2-1.

The Washington/Wallach connection would strike again in the fifth to tie the game. Washington reached on a walk and later scored on a double by Wallach to tie the game at 2.

From that point on we went on a marathon of scoreless innings. Even though both clubs put runners on the bases and threatened to score, great pitching and solid defense ended the threats and kept the game tied until the bottom of the thirteenth.

The game winning rally started on a single by Maxx Tissenbaum with one out in the bottom of the thirteenth inning. Michael Johns put Yoel Araujo in the game to pinch run for Tissenbaum. A single by Granden Goetzman and a walk by Pat Blair loaded the bases for the Stone Crabs. Kean Wong drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk to score Araujo and give the Stone Crabs the walk-off win.

Isaac Gil picked up the win for the Stone Crabs. Evan Mitchell was the losing pitcher for Daytona.

The win clinched the best of five series 3 games to 1 and gave the Stone Crabs their first Florida State League Championship in franchise history.

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5 Responses to Stone Crabs Win Florida State League Championship

  1. nwahoo says:

    This team was a “tale of two teams” which were molded and led by new skipper Michael Johns. Developing each player to maximize their “tools”, and then blending awesome individual talent into a championship-caliber team (while managing rehab assignments, injuries, promotions, egos, slumps, streaks, etc … and following essential input from the Rays organization), was truly a remarkable accomplishment!
    The general manager, Jared Forma, raised his game this year to another level and provided an excellent staff which made the fan-experience one of the best in Crab history.
    I wish players and staff, alike, all the best in their future endeavors.
    Finally, thanks to Claw Digest for your consistent informative coverage during the 2015 season of the Charlotte Stone Crabs.
    #LeaveHimIn
    #GodBless
    Dana

    • jwdonten says:

      Thanks for your kind words. It was an amazing season and I enjoyed being along for the ride. This was an amazing team, no matter how the much the odds were against them, they still found a way to get the job done. I’d say the future of the Rays organization is looking bright.

  2. carol says:

    What a ride !
    Fun!
    Real Fun!
    Thank the Stone Crabs for a great summer …
    and Thank You for your coverage and photos …
    Already looking forward to 2016 … already paid our deposit…
    Have a great winter…
    Carol

    • jwdonten says:

      Yes it was.

      You are welcome. I still have more photos to come and will be keeping track of our Crabs in winter baseball throughout the off-season. 2016 can’t come quick enough.

      • CONGRADULATIONS TO THE
        C
        PORT CHARLOTTE STONE CRABS
        THE 2015 FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE
        BASEBALL CHAMPIONS
        AN THANK YOU AS A FAN AN BOOSTER MEMBER
        TO CLAW DIGEST FOR THE WORK YOU HAVE DONE KEEPING US UPDATED ON OUR FLARIDA STATE 2015
        BASEBALL CHAMPIONS
        ALSO TO THE PLAYER’S FOR SUCH A
        WONDERFUL SEASON
        THE STAFF OF THE CHARLOTTE STONE CRABS
        AN TOO ALL US STONE CRABS BOOSTERS
        WE ARE THE CHAMPIONSSSßSSSSSSSSSS
        EDMUND DINEEN
        PS WE HAVE MADE IT
        GO STONE CRABS

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