PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (April 10, 2017) - The Stone Crabs scored three in the eighth but fell one hit short of tying the game in Monday's 4-3 defeat to the Palm Beach Cardinals at Charlotte Sports Park.
With Charlotte (0-5) trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the eighth, Brandon Lowe drew a one out walk before Peter Maris singled him to second. Jake Fraley then grounded a single to left to score Lowe and make the score 4-1. After a groundout advanced the runners to second and third, Dalton Kelly stroked a double to the wall in left center to cut the deficit to 4-3. After a pitching change, Kevin Padlo struck out to end the threat.
Down one in the ninth, the Stone Crabs got a one out single from David Rodriguez. However, Manny Sanchez then grounded into a double play to end the game.
The 0-5 start is the worst in Stone Crabs' franchise history, which dates back to 2009. The worst start prior to this season was 0-3.
The Cardinals (3-2) got the offense going early against Stone Crabs starter Eduar Lopez (0-1). Magneuris Sierra drew a leadoff walk in the first before Chris Chinea doubled him home with two outs to give Palm Beach a 1-0 lead.
Still leading by one in the second, Jeremy Martinez lined a double down the left field line before Luke Dykstra advanced him to third on a single. The next batter was Randy Arozarena, who flew out to right to score Martinez and make it 2-0. Two batters later, Sierra dropped a single into center to plate Dykstra and draw the Palm Beach lead to 3-0.
Lopez managed to get through 4.2 innings without allowing any further damage, surrendering three runs on six hits in all.
With Palm Beach up three in the top of the sixth, Martinez drew a leadoff walk against Stone Crabs reliever Taylor Hawkins. After advancing to second on a passed ball, Arozarena singled to right to score Martinez and extend the Cardinals advantage to 4-0.
The Stone Crabs will return to action Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. as they host the Cardinals for the second game of a three-game series. Genesis Cabrera (0-1, 14.73) will get the start against Palm Beach's Connor Jones. Coverage begins at 6:20 p.m. on the Stone Crabs Baseball Network.
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