Stone Crabs Game Notes - Tue, Aug 27 vs Florida
After dropping the series opener against Florida, the Stone Crabs look to even the series at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. RHP Stephen Woods Jr. makes the start for Charlotte, against RHP Freddy Tarnok of Florida.
Coverage begins at 6:15 p.m. on the Stone Crabs Baseball Network.
CRABS FALL TO FROGS 5-4 IN 10
The Charlotte Stone Crabs were unable to score in the bottom of the tenth Monday, dropping the series opener to Florida 5-4 in 10 innings. Jake Palomaki and Garrett Whitley each lined two hits in the loss. Starting pitcher Cristopher Sanchez limited the Fire Frogs to one earned run over five innings, while Trey Cumbie worked two scoreless in relief.
THE BEST TEAM EVER?
The 2019 Stone Crabs are in line to break the franchise record for wins with their next victory:
Wins Win Pct.
80 - 2010 1 .611 - 2019
80 - 2019 2 .576 - 2010
74 - 2018 3 .544 - 2018
Led by three Bowling Green call-ups, the Stone Crabs' starting rotation has been phenomenal over the last 76 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 51-25 1.65 8.9 6.6 2.0
The Stone Crabs clinched their fifth playoff appearance in the franchise's 11-year history Saturday. Charlotte will host Game 1 of the FSL Southern Division Championship Series against the Fort Myers Miracle at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3. The Stone Crabs have raised one FSL banner, winning it all in 2015. They've advanced to the championship series all four times they've been in the playoffs.
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 45-21 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 boasts the BEST second half record:
1. Charlotte 45-21(.682)
2. Erie 43-22 (.662)
Bowie 43-22 (.662)
3. Montgomery 41-22 (.651)
5. Kane County 40-23 (.635)
RECORD BOOK BOUND
With one week 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.
Walks ERA (Min. 100 IP)
1 Tyler Bortnick - 79 (2011)
1 Tommy Romero - 1.89 (2019)
2 Tim Beckham - 62 (2010)
2 Darin Downs - 2.00 (2009)
3 Reid Fronk - 61 (2010)
3 M. Plassmeyer - 2.12 (2019)
4 Garrett Whitley - 60 (2019)
4 Joseph Cruz - 2.85 (2010)
5 Shawn O'Malley - 58 (2009)
5 Jacob Thompson - 2.90 (2011)
6 Willy Adames - 54 (2015)
6 Buddy Borden - 2.97 (2015)
If the season ended today, Plassmeyer (1.01) and Romero (1.03) would place first and second in Charlotte history in WHIP (Min. 100 IP).
Two of the Stone Crabs' five longest winning streaks of 2019 have come this season (10 games, 8 games)...If the season ended today, the Stone Crabs' pitching staff would break the franchise record in ERA, fewest hits and shutouts.
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