PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (April 15, 2017) - The Charlotte Stone Crabs recorded 11 hits but lost 10-2 to the Lakeland Flying Tigers Saturday night at Charlotte Sports Park.
Three Stone Crabs (2-8) enjoyed multi-hit nights but the team went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
With Lakeland (5-6) leading 1-0 in the bottom of the first, Jake Cronenworth singled up the middle with one out. Two batters later, Kevin Padlo lined a double off the wall in left to tie the game at one.
With the game still tied in the bottom of the third, Brett Sullivan doubled to left with one out. After a groundout moved Sullivan to third, David Olmedo-Barrera singled to center to bring home Sullivan and give the Stone Crabs a 2-1 lead.
After Charlotte starter Eduar Lopez (0-2) retired the first two Flying Tigers hitters in the top of the fourth, he then walked the bases loaded. Austin Green followed with a two-run single to right to give Lakeland a 3-2 lead.
Lopez was charged with three runs on three hits and four walks over 3.2 innings.
With the Flying Tigers still up one in the top of the fifth, Ross Kivett and Quincy Latimore singled to begin the inning before the Stone Crabs turned a double play. However, Wade Hinkle and Will Maddox both doubled to extend the Lakeland lead to 5-2.
The Flying Tigers put together a five-run rally in the sixth, aided by some faulty Stone Crabs defense.
Stone Crabs reliever Bryan Bonnell worked two perfect innings of relief, fanning three.
The Stone Crabs will go for the series win Sunday when they host the final game of the series at 12:35 p.m. Genesis Cabrera (0-2, 18.00) makes the start for Charlotte against Lakeland's Beau Burrows (0-0, 1.74). Coverage begins at 12:20 p.m. on the Stone Crabs Baseball Network.
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