The Stone Crabs were held off the scoreboard for much of the night until an eighth inning rally which fell just one run short in a 4-3 loss to the Palm Beach Cardinals on Monday night at Charlotte Sports Park.
The Cardinals scored first in the top of the first inning. Mageneuris Sierra drew a walk to open the game. He later scored on an RBI double by Chris Chinea to make it 1-0.
Palm Beach picked up a pair of runs in the second inning. Jeremy Martinez doubled to left followed by a single by Luke Dykstra. A sac fly by Randy Arozarena would score Martinez and Dykstra would later score on a single by Sierra to increase the lead to 3-0.
Palm Beach would add a run in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Austin Wilson to score Martinez and extend the lead to 4-0.
The Stone Crabs avoided the shut-out by scoring in the eighth inning. Brandon Lowe drew a walk followed by a single by Peter Maris. Lowe would then sore on an RBI single by Jake Fraley. Both Maris and Fraley would score on a double by Dalton Kelly. But the Stone Crabs would strand the tying run on second as the rally falls short and the Stone Crabs lost 4-3.
Eduar Lopez was charged with the loss for Charlotte. Brennan Leitao picked up the win and Landon Beck the save for Palm Beach.
The series continues on Tuesday at Charlotte Sports Park. Genesis Cabrera (0-1, 14.73) will be on the mound for Charlotte against Connor Jones (0-0, 0.00) for Palm Beach.
- Jake Fraley (CF): 1 for 4 with an RBI and run scored
- Ryan Boldt (RF): 0 for 3 with a walk
- Dalton Kelly (1B): 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI’s
- Kevin Padlo (3B): 1 for 4 with a stolen base
- David Olmedo-Barrera (DH): 1 for 4
- David Rodriguez (C): 1 for 4
- Manny Sanchez (LF): 0 for 4
- Brandon Lowe (2B): 0 for 2 with a walk and run scored
- Peter Maris (SS): 1 for 2 with a walk and run scored
- Eduar Lopez (Loss, 0-1): 3 runs on 7 hits with a strikeout and walk in 4 2/3 innings
- Taylor Hawkins: 1 run on 3 hits with 2 strikeouts and 4 walks in 2 1/3 innings
- Brandon Lawson: 2 scoreless innings with 2 hits, 2 strikeouts and a walk