STONE CRABS: Charlotte crushes in Game 1 of doubleheader

By Bryan Levine, SunCoast Sports

PORT CHARLOTTE — Rain, rain go away because the St. Lucie Mets can’t come back another day.After a rain out on Wednesday forced a doubleheader Thursday night, torrential storms nearly jeopardized the Charlotte Stone Crabs’ twin billing which went late into the evening due to delays.

The Stone Crab bats were setting off fireworks in the first game with three home runs on the way to a 10-3 win. The second game was still in progress at presstime.

For the second time this week, a six-run inning propelled Charlotte to a victory. This time it came in the sixth inning when 10 men went to the plate.

Michael Brosseau smacked his first home run in his 11th game with the Stone Crabs. Peter Maris and Kevin Padlo also added homers as well. Those three hitters combined for six runs batted in to key the win.

Padlo’s blast was a three-run shot which came in that six-run inning. Maris delivered his with two outs in the second inning.

The only Stone Crab without a hit was Lucius Fox, but he did score a run after reaching base when he was hit by a pitch. Nate Lowe, Thomas Milone and Ryan Boldt each had extra-base hits. Boldt also had a pair of RBI to match his two hits.

Blake Bivens, in his return to Charlotte, allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits over four innings of work. Reliever Reece Karalus earned the win, tossing a pair of scoreless frames while allowing just one hit with no walks and three strikeouts.

The twinbill served as the final games of a three-game series between the Stone Crabs and Mets. Charlotte travels to Fort Myers for three games beginning with a 7:05 p.m. contest today.

With the Stone Crabs still mathematically alive behind the first-place Miracle, the three games could prove crucial to playoff hopes for both teams.

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