PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (May 20, 2018) - Peter Maris delivered his third home run of the year Sunday, but the Jupiter Hammerheads defeated the Charlotte Stone Crabs 8-3 at Charlotte Sports Park.
The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was cancelled in the second inning.
Jupiter (27-15) got the scoring going right away against Stone Crabs (19-22) starter Sam McWilliams (0-1). After Brian Miller singled to left to start the game, he stole second. With two outs, John Silviano pulled a base hit into right to make it 1-0 Hammerheads.
Eric Gutierrez led off the top of the second with a double. After a Justin Twine single moved him to third, Chris Hoo plated Gutierrez on a groundout to make the score 2-0.
Still down two in the bottom of the third, Charlotte center fielder Josh Lowe walked before stealing second. With two outs, Nate Lowe singled to left to score his brother and make the score 2-1. After Brendan McKay and David Rodriguez both singled to load the bases, David Olmedo-Barrera drew a walk to tie the game at two.
But the Hammerheads answered right back. Gutierrez started the fourth with a walk before Twine tripled him home to give Jupiter a 3-2 lead. After McWilliams retired the next two batters, Miller drove home Twine with a two-out single to make the score 4-2.
Jupiter added two more in the fifth on a Silviano home run to bring the tally to 6-2.
After Maris' opposite field home run made it 6-3, the Hammerheads plated two more on a wild pitch and sacrifice fly in the sixth to cap the scoring at 8-3.
McWilliams finished with four runs allowed on seven hits, striking out three over four innings.
Jupiter reliever Dylan Lee (5-1) got the win, turning in 2.1 innings of one-run ball.
Nate Lowe added a home run in the second game shortly before it was cancelled.
The Stone Crabs will begin a three-game series with the Tampa Tarpons on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Steinbrenner Field. Coverage starts at 6:15 p.m. on the Stone Crabs Baseball Network.
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