STONE CRABS: Marauders spoil Charlotte’s opener; Rays’ Rasmus rehabs

By Bryan Levine, SunCoast Sports

Charlotte Stone Crabs second baseman Brandon Lowe (5) advances to third on a sacrifice fly against Bradenton during the fifth inning Thursday at Charlotte Sports Park (Sun Photo by Tom O’Neill).

PORT CHARLOTTE — There are still 139 chances left for the Charlotte Stone Crabs to get on the winning side of things as they dropped game No. 1 Thursday night.

The Bradenton Marauders took the opener of the Florida State League season 8-4 in front of 3,665 fans at Charlotte Sports Park.

Game 2 of the series begins at 6:35 p.m. today at Charlotte Sports Park. Blake Bivens will take the mound for Charlotte, with Pedro Vasquez pitching for Bradenton.

Things began well for Thursday’s Stone Crabs starter Genesis Cabrer, but by the end of his debut, turned into a rough outing. The left-hander didn’t make it out of the fourth inning, surrendering five runs in the frame.

Cabrera was plagued by three walks and a run-scoring wild pitch before Alfredo Reyes and Michael Tolman each hit two-run singles for the Marauders. His final line on the evening was 3.2 innings pitched, five hits, three walks, three strikeouts and six earned runs.

“I think overall, his stuff was good for three innings,” Manager Michael Johns said. “I don’t know If he ran out of gas, but his command on all those pitches (in the fourth inning) were just a little bit erratic. … It’s a learning process. His first time in the Florida State League. I’m sure the adrenaline got to him.”

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Colby Rasmus was on a rehab assignment with the Stone Crabs Thursday night. The 30-year-old, who is recovering from offseason hip and sports hernia surgery, never made it into the field in spring training, despite serving as a designated hitter in a handful of games with the Rays.

On the first batter of the game, Rasmus collided with centerfielder Ryan Boldt, but neither player appeared to be hurt, as Boldt caught the fly ball.

“Those kinds of things are going to happen,” (It) woke me up early,” Rasmus said. “We ran into each other, so no telling what I’m going to wake up in the morning feeling like, but as of now I’m feeling good.”

In total, Rasmus caught one fly ball in the outfield, and went 0-for-3 with the bat, including an RBI ground out to tie the game at 1-1 in the third inning. Each of his outs were productive, at least moving a runner over one base.

Rasmus says there’s no timetable yet for his return to the major leagues, and will be taking it day by day.

As for every day Stone Crabs players, catcher David Rodriguez put his arm on full display in the game, catching a pair of Marauders trying to steal second. Both throws came at crucial times and ended the innings.

“I was just trying to help the team win,” Rodriguez said. “It’s alsways good to help the pitcher and the team. That’s what I was trying to do tonight.”

Brett Sullivan plated two runs for the Stone Crabs in the fifth inning with a triple to make it 6-4. Sullivan also had a sacrifice fly in the third inning, which gave Charlotte a 2-1 lead at the time.

Returning Stone Crab shortstop Jake Cronenworth began his night with three hits in his first three at-bats, including a double and two runs scored.

“That was kind of the idea we had with Jake. He obviously played here last year, so maybe hit him at the top of the lineup because he’s not going to be intimidated by the league,” Johns said. “He had really good at-bats, and hit three ropes.”

MARAUDERS 8, STONE CRABS 4

Bradenton;AB;R;H;BI;BB;SO;Avg.
Tolman 2B;4;0;2;2;0;0;.500
Tucker SS;4;0;0;1;1;1;.000
Craig 1B;5;0;0;0;0;1;.000
Hill LF;4;1;2;00;0;.500
Hayes 3B;3;2;1;0;1;0;.333
George DH;3;2;1;1;1;2;.333
Hughston CF;4;0;2;1;0;2;.500
Kelley C;3;1;0;0;1;1;.000
Reyes RF;4;2;2;2;0;0;.500

Charlotte;AB;R;H;BI;BB;SO;Avg.
Cronenworth SS;5;2;3;0;1;0;.600
Rasmus LF;3;0;0;1;0;0;.000
Lukes PH;2;0;1;0;0;0;.500
Sullivan DH;3;0;1;3;0;0;.333
Padlo 3B;4;0;0;0;0;2;.000
Kelly 1B;2;0;0;0;2;0;.000
Rodriguez C;4;0;0;0;0;1;.000
Boldt CF;4;0;1;0;0;1;.250
Olmedo-Barrera RF;4;0;1;0;0;2;.250
Lowe 2B;4;2;1;1;0;1;.250

Bradenton;010;500;110 – 8;10;2
Charlotte;002;020;000 – 4;8;1

E: Tucker (1, fielding), Hayes (1, fielding); Lowe (1, fielding). 2B: Hughston (1), Hill (1); Cronenworth (1). 3B: Sullivan (1). HR: George (1). RBI: Hughston (1), Reyes 2 (2), Tolman 2; Tucker (1), George (1); Rasmus (1), Sullivan 3 (3). SF: Sullivan. LOB: Bradenton 4, Charlotte 7. RISP: Bradenton 2-for-6, Charlotte 1-for-7. SB: Reyes (1). CS: Tolman 2 (2).

PITCHING

Bradenton;IP;H;R;ER;BB;SO;HR;ERA
Agrazal;4.2;6;4;4;1;2;0;7.71
Montero (W, 1-0);1.1;1;0;0;1;4;0;0.0
Sendelbach (H,1);2.0;1;0;0;0;2;0;0.00
Amedee;1.0;0;0;0;0;0;0;0.00

Charlotte;IP;H;R;ER;BB;SO;HR;ERA
Cabrera (L, 0-1);3.2;5;6;6;3;3;0;10.80
Cabrera ;1.1;0;0;0;0;0;0;0.00
Karalus ;3.0;5;2;2;0;3;0;6.00
Santos;1.0;0;0;0;1;1;0;0.00

WP: Cabrera. HBP: Tolman (by Cabrera). Umpires: HP: JC Velez. 1B: Greg Roemer. Time: 2:33. Att: 3,665.

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