By Bryan Levine, SunCoast Sports
PORT CHARLOTTE — Things weren’t as dramatic between the Charlotte Stone Crabs and St. Lucie Mets on Tuesday night, but then again, how could it be?
One night removed from a pair of walk-off victories for the Stone Crabs, the home team won its third game in a row, topping the Mets 6-1 in the series finale.
“That was an awesome game,” manager Michael Johns said. “What I kept thinking about was how these guys kicked our butts the first night, and then we went back-to-back last night and took the series three out of four. I’m really proud of these guys.”
Good pitching continued to be a trend for Charlotte.
Travis Ott tossed six scoreless while holding the Mets to three hits and two walks. He also struck out five batters while lowering his season ERA to a tidy 2.73.
Ott has now allowed one or fewer earned runs in seven of his last eight starts, including three times in a row.
“The biggest thing for us, when he pitches with the fastball, he’s really effective,” Johns said. “He’s been really good. He knows when to throw his off-speed. It seems like if we can get him through that first inning, then we’re fine.”
Johns and Charlotte fans might want to petition to start all innings with two outs because that’s where the Stone Crabs have done a majority of their damage as of late. On Monday night, Charlotte plated five of its six runs with two outs in an innings.
The Stone Crabs struck first with three runs in the third inning. Charlotte scored all three runs on a two-out rally. It began when Lucius Fox drew a walk before consecutive singles from Ryan Boldt, Brett Sullivan and David Olmedo-Barrera all plated runs.
That was the second single of the night for Olmedo-Barrera, who also had a pair of stolen bases.
Fox was also in on the scoring in the fourth inning. The shortstop had an RBI single to score Nate Lowe, who hit a double to leadoff the frame. Lowe later had a two-run blooper single to give the Stone Crabs a 6-0 lead.
Charlotte has the day off today before heading up to Dunedin for a four-game series against the Blue Jays. The Stone Crabs will toss Brandon Lawson and Brock Burke in the first two games of the series. So far this season, Charlotte is 5-6 against Dunedin.