Stone Crabs Game Notes - Thu, Aug 22 at Fort Myers
The Stone Crabs look to salvage the series finale in Fort Myers at 7 p.m. tonight. RHP Drew Strotman will get the start for Charlotte, against RHP Jordan Balazovic of the Miracle.
Coverage the game begins at 6:45 pm. on the Stone Crabs Baseball Network.
MAGIC NUMBER - 6
The Fort Myers Miracle scored six runs of the Charlotte bullpen Wednesday, claiming the series with a 7-5 win at Hammond Stadium. Stephen Woods Jr. struck out six over four innings of work and Zac Law recorded three hits in defeat. However, the Stone Crabs' magic number to clinch the division dropped to six due to St. Lucie's loss to Clearwater.
THE BEST TEAM EVER?
With two weeks remaining in the season, the 2019 Stone Crabs are in line to be the best team in Charlotte's 11-year history:
Wins Win Pct.
80 - 2010 1 .606 - 2019
77 - 2019 2 .576 - 2010
74 - 2018 3 .544 - 2018
STREAKING STONE CRABS
After last Wednesday's loss in Daytona, the Stone Crabs completed their fifth winning streak of eight games or more in franchise history:
10 games - July 2-12, 2019
9 games - June 9-20, 2010
8 games - May 6-14, 2015
8 games - July 26-Aug 2, 2014
8 games - August 7-13, 2019
Led by three Bowling Green call-ups, the Stone Crabs' starting rotation has been phenomenal over the last 71 games:
Team ERA K/9 H/9 BB/9
Before May 31 28-27 3.31 6.8 8.3 3.4
Since May 31 48-23 1.68 9.0 6.6 1.9
NIKO THE HULK(SIZER)
The Stone Crabs unveiled their newest position player in Sunday afternoon's win over St. Lucie. Niko Hulsizer (hamstring) was activated from the injured list after being traded from the Los Angeles Doders to the Ray in exchange for LHP Adam Kolarek at the trade deadline. Across two levels, Hulsizer has slugged 20 home runs and 70 RBI in 89 games this year, slashing .266/.376/.538 across three affiliates in Great Lakes, Rancho Cucamonga and Charlotte.
DOMINATING THE DOG DAYS
The Stone Crabs' two most recent months are two of the three best ever:
20-8 (.714) - JULY 2019
19-8 (.704) - July 2018
16-8 (.667) - JUNE 2019
18-9 (.667) - August 2017
18-9 (.667) - June 2010
TRENDING AT THE TOP
The Stone Crabs have gone 42-19 to start the second half, breaking the record for second half wins (40) with 14 games to go. Amongst the eight leagues that use split seasons in Minor League Baseball, Charlotte tied for the best 2nd half record:
1. Erie 42-18 (.700)
Charlotte 42-18 (.700)
3. Montgomery 40-19 (.678)
4. Bowie 40-20 (.667)
5. Delmarva 37-20 (.649)
RECORD BOOK BOUND
With three weeks remaining in the season, several Stone Crabs are on the verge of franchise single-season records. Last week, Moises Gomez broke the home run record, passing Jeff Malm and Alejandro Segovia.
1 Tyler Bortnick - 79 (2011) 5 Satow/Garcia - 12 (2011/13)
2 Tim Beckham - 62 (2010) 7 Dalton Moats - 11 (2017)
3 Reid Fronk - 61 (2010) 8 Richard De Los Santos - 10 (2009)
4 Garrett Whitley - 59 (2019) 9 Chandler Raiden - 9 (2019)
5 Shawn O'Malley - 58 (2009) Josh Satow - 9 (2010)
6 Willy Adames - 54 (2015) Brian Miller - 9 (2016)
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