STONE CRABS: Charlotte drops both ends of doubleheader

By Bryan Levine, SunCoast Sports

PORT CHARLOTTE — If you missed Saturday’s Charlotte Stone Crabs game and only attended Sunday’s doubleheader, you may have thought the home team won Game 2.

But with the wackiness that took place at Charlotte Sports Park, the Stone Crabs actually lost 4-1 to the Jupiter Hammerheads. Jupiter won the opener 3-0 in a game that was suspended by rain and wet grounds on Friday night.

When Jupiter catcher Roy Morales crashed into the net behind the plate while catching a foul ball in the fourth inning on Saturday, he brought the net down with him, suspending the game until Sunday. With the net still not repaired in time for the doubleheader, the teams played both games (both of which were continuation games) on one of the back fields at the complex.

“It was obviously a weird weekend and some things happened that we’ve never seen before,” Charlotte manager Michael Johns said. “I’ve never seen a net go down. … I’ve never played two continuation games in the same day. It’s a unique situation.

“Anytime you can break up monotony of a 140-game season, it’s not necessarily a bad thing.”

Most of the action for Game 2 took place the day before, prior to the nearly 24-hour delay.

The Hammerheads did their damage on just four pitches in the first inning.

Stone Crabs starting pitcher Michael Santos allowed a 1-0 double to Jupiter’s Kyle Barrett. Angel Reyes followed that with a first-pitch single to put runners at the corners for Dustin Geiger.

Geiger then crushed a first-pitch home run to give his team a 3-0 lead.

Opportunities were there for the Stone Crabs, who collected 12 hits in the loss, but went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.

“I think we’ve scored one run in each of the last three games, so we’ve scored three runs in 27 innings,” Johns said. “That’s not the kind of team we are. We’re struggling with runners in scoring position. It’s very obvious.”

The Bullpen held strong on Sunday, as Roel Ramirez tossed four scoreless, no-hit innings in relief. Jairo Munoz kept the Hammerheads off the board on Sunday with a scoreless ninth inning.

Brett Sullivan and Ryan Boldt each had three singles in the loss. Brandon Lowe picked up a pair of hits.

Sullivan, Boldt and Dalton Kelly put together three straight singles before Sullivan came around to score the Stone Crabs’ only run on a Kelly sacrifice fly.

The game originally scheduled for Sunday was not played and has been removed from the schedule for the teams.

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