DUNEDIN, Fla. (May 17, 2017) - The Charlotte Stone Crabs scored two runs in the ninth inning but left the tying run stranded at third base Wednesday, losing 7-6 to the Dunedin Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.
Trailing 7-4 entering the bottom of the ninth, Charlotte (19-20) got singles from Alec Sole and Jake Fraley with one out. Brandon Lowe followed by lining a two-run triple to the left field corner to pull Charlotte to within one run. But with Lowe at third and one out, Dunedin (22-18) reliever Danny Young struck out both Jake Cronenworth and Dalton Kelly to end the game and earn his first save.
Despite the loss, the Stone Crabs racked up 14 hits. Three of them came from outfielder David Olmedo-Barrera , who also delivered his second home run of the series.
With the game scoreless in the bottom of the second, Dunedin third baseman Juan Kelly tripled off the wall in left. Lane Thomas followed by grounding out to shortstop to score Kelly and make it 1-0 Blue Jays.
Still up one in the third, Blue Jays second baseman Cavan Biggio walked before Max Pentecost singled him to second. Kelly then ripped a double down the right field line to make it 2-0 Dunedin. The next batter was Thomas, who dropped a two-run single into right to lengthen the Blue Jays lead to 4-0.
After D.J. Davis tripled with two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Kevin Vicuna tacked on another run with a single, making it 5-0 Dunedin.
Down by five in the top of the fifth, Stone Crabs left fielder David Olmedo-Barrera singled to left. After he advanced to second on a groundout, Peter Maris singled to right to score Olmedo-Barrera and make the score 5-1.
Trailing by that count in the sixth, Cronenworth singled to left to start the inning. After two outs were recorded, Ryan Boldt doubled to left center to cut the deficit to 5-2. The next batter was Olmedo-Barrera, who launched a two-run home run to right center to pull the Stone Crabs to within one.
Leading 5-4 in the bottom of the sixth, Blue Jays first baseman Matt Dean doubled with one out before Davis singled him home to make the score 6-4.
That chased Stone Crabs starter Eduar Lopez (3-4), who allowed a season-high six runs and ten hits in 5.1 innings.
On the other side, Blue Jays starter T.J. Zeuch (3-1) allowed four runs on eleven hits over seven innings to earn the win.
Wednesday's game also featured a 19-minute delay in the bottom of the eighth inning due to a power outage.
The Stone Crabs will look to earn a split of the four-game series with Dunedin Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Genesis Cabrera (3-3, 3.38) makes the start for Charlotte against Blue Jays starter Ryan Borucki (0-1, 4.55). Coverage begins at 6:15 p.m. on the Stone Crabs Baseball Network.
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