STONE CRABS: Game finished on CSP backfield

By Bryan Levine, SunCoast Sports

The Charlotte Stone Crabs played their game against the Jupiter Hammerheads on a back field Sunday at Charlotte Sports Park because of damaged netting on the main field (Sun Photo by Tom O’Neill).

What a difference two days make.

When the first inning between the Charlotte Stone Crabs and Jupiter Hammerheads finished on Friday, it was raining hard enough to postpone the game.

Blake Bivens and Jorgan Cavaneiro were on the mounds for their respective teams.

The game was also played inside the stadium at Charlotte Sports Park.

None of the above remained true when they picked things up Sunday afternoon.

Two days later, on a sunny afternoon, in one of the backfields at the Charlotte Sports Park Complex, Jupiter eventually defeated the Stone Crabs 3-0.

The game was moved to the backfield because of a strange occurrence on Saturday, where Hammerhead catcher Roy Morales caught a foul ball as he fell into the netting behind the plate, causing the whole thing to collapse. That game was also postponed, and made up following the conclusion of this one.

Charlotte didn’t manage to get its first batter on base until the fifth inning when Ryan Boldt and David Olmedo-Barrera collected back-to-back singles.

Jupiter reliever Felipe Gonzalez continued the game for Cavaneiro, who did not continue after his perfect first inning on Friday. Gonzalez earned the win, tossing six scoreless innings while giving up just four hits and a walk.

Taylor Hawkins relieved Bivens in the second inning, and surrendered three runs (two earned) over 4.2 innings of work. The knuckleballer allowed just three hits but also issued three walks, hit a batter and gave up a run on a wild pitch.

Despite the loss, the Stone Crabs actually out-hit the Hammerheads 6-4.

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