STONE CRABS: Charlotte drops 10th home game of season

By Bryan Levine, SunCoast Sports

Charlotte Stone Crabs Jake Cronenworth (2) drives in a run with Bradenton catcher John Borman (15) and umpire Mike Carroll behind the plate during the second inning Friday at Charlotte Sports Park (Sun Photo by Tom O’Neill).

PORT CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Stone Crabs let Bradenton Marauder starting pitcher Dario Agrazal off the hook in Friday night’s 6-3 loss.

Agrazal was on the ropes in the first two innings, surrendering three runs on six hits, and appearing to be headed for a short night.

That ended up not being the case.

“It’s a shame we couldn’t get him out of there,” Stone Crabs manager Michael Johns said. “In the middle innings he had some quick innings. We couldn’t get to him and get to their bullpen early.”

From the end of the second, into the sixth inning, 12 straight Stone Crabs were retired, allowing Agrazal to keep his pitch count low enough to toss seven strong innings while also not walking any batters. He ended that second inning with 42 pitches, but totaled just 51 more over the next five.

A no-walk night for Charlotte is a rarity, as it entered Friday’s game tied for the lead league with 77 free passes on the season.

While Agrazal kept the Stone Crabs at bay in the middle innings, it allowed his teammates to build up a lead, aided by a pair of home runs for Logan Hill, and Pirates organization’s No. 7 prospect Will Craig.

Charlotte batters, despite racking up 11 hits on the night, had trouble getting the ball out of the infield on at-bats they recorded outs. Only two outs were caught by a Bradenton outfielder, and the Stone Crabs kept second baseman Mitchell Tolman busy with eight putouts.

A bright spot for Charlotte continues to be shortstop Jake Cronenworth, who extended his hit streak to 22 games with a double in the second inning.

Those 22 consecutive games with a hit – dating to last season – are good enough for the fourth-best all-time streak in the Tampa Bay Rays’ organization. Cronenworth sits six games shy of Aubrey Huff’s 28-game streak in 1999.

Blake Bivens took the loss in his five-inning outing. He surrendered four runs (two earned) on five hits with six strikeouts and three walks.

Four Stone Crabs – Brett Sullivan, David Olmedo-Barrera, Angel Moreno and Manny Sanchez – each had two basehits in the loss.

Tucker SS;5;1;1;0;1;0;.225
Reyes 3B;4;2;1;0;1;1;.306
Craig 1B;5;1;3;3;0;0;.299
Suiter RF;3;0;0;0;1;2;.267
Hill LF;5;1;1;1;0;2;.292
Tolman 2B;4;0;0;0;1;2;.228
Arribas DH;5;0;1;0;0;1;.261
Hughston CF;4;0;1;0;1;1;.315
Bormann C;3;1;1;0;2;0;.136

Cronenworth SS;4;1;1;0;1;0;.397
Lowe 2B;4;1;3;0;0;1;.256
Sullivan C;4;1;3;3;1;0;.313
Boldt LF;5;1;1;1;0;2;.266
Olmedo-Barrera RF;4;0;1;0;0;0;.250
Moreno CF;3;0;0;1;0;0;.192
Kelly 1B;4;1;1;1;0;0;.323
Maris 3B;3;0;0;0;1;0;.300
Sanchez DH;4;2;3;0;0;0;.103

Bradenton;121;000;200 – 6;9;0
Charlotte;120;000;000 – 3;11;3

2B: Craig (5); Cronenworth (4). 3B: Reyes (3). HR: Hill (6), Craig (1). RBI: Craig 3 (14), Hill (13); Olmedo-Barrera (5), Sanchez (1), Cronenworth (2). SB: Tucker 2 (13), Arribas (3). CS: Olmedo-Barrera (2). LOB: Bradenton 13; Charlotte 7. RISP: Bradenton 2-for-13, Charlotte 2-for-7. E: Maris 2 (6, throw, fielding), Bivens (1, pickoff).


Agrazal (W, 2-0);7.0;9;3;3;0;4;0;2.64
McGarry (S,2);2.0;2;0;0;0;4;0;0.00

Bivens (L, 1-2);5.0;5;4;2;3;6;1;4.50

WP: Bivens. HBP: Suiter (by Rodriguez). Umpires: HP: Mike Carroll. 1B: Matt Carlyon. Time: 2:58. Att: 3,279.

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