By Bryan Levine, SunCoast Sports
PORT CHARLOTTE — The sixth inning was nearly perfect for the Charlotte Stone Crabs Tuesday night in a 6-3 win over the St. Lucie Mets.
It was the kind of inning a team has maybe once a month at best.
“The biggest thing was, it seemed like as soon as they scored, the momentum changed,” manager Michael Johns said of St. Lucie’s run-scoring inning just prior to Charlotte’s.
“We were able to change the momentum right back around with a lot of good at bats against a guy who was giving us some fits.”
Charlotte sent seven batters to the plate in the sixth inning before even recording one out.
They consecutively hit five singles and double and a triple in the big six-run frame. Granden Goetzman had an RBI double, Ryan Boldt plated a run on his single and Kevin Padlo drove in a pair on his three-bagger.
The seven hits for the Stone Crabs were the most they’ve had in one inning since an April 22 game against Palm Beach.
“You have to credit the guys,” Johns said. “Some guys were having tough games defensively and didn’t let it carry over to their at-bats.”
Lucius Fox, Michael Brousseau and Goetzman each had a pair of hits in the win.
The first runs of the game came in the sixth inning when Jose Garcia hit a bases-loaded triple to plate a pair of runs. A third would’ve come around to score had Tim Tebow not been thrown out at home in a nice throw from right fielder Ryan Boldt and relay from second baseman Riley Unroe to catcher David Rodriguez.
Those runs came off starter Eduar Lopez, but were both unearned, as he didn’t allow an earned run in six innings of work. Travis Ott earned the save with three quality innings, allowing just one earned run.
“It’s not easy to do what Lopez or Ott did. They did a good job of getting outs tonight,” Johns said.
Lopez was nearly out-dueled by Mets starter Nabil Crismatt, who gave up just two hits entering the big sixth inning for Charlotte. He finished his night tagged for four runs on six hits in total.
In one of the more exciting lineups you’ll see from an opposing team, both Tebow and New York Mets third baseman David Wright were in the lineup for St. Lucie. Both Tebow and Wright went 0-for-4 in the loss. Wright had two strike outs, and Tebow did manage to score a run.