Long night in Port Charlotte
Maybe they can blame Rocco Baldelli, who joined the team earlier in the day for his first step back toward the big leagues. But something was going on in Port Charlotte on Monday night - and Tuesday morning - as the Stone Crabs played 19 innings over 5 hours and 13 minutes before losing 4-3 to Daytona. (The game was far short of the record of 33 innings in 1981 by Pawtucket and Rochester.)
Here is a recap from Stone Crabs:
After a franchise record 19 innings and more than five hours, the Charlotte Stone Crabs finally surrendered to the Daytona
Cubs in an epic 4-3 loss at Charlotte Sports Park on Monday night.
The Cubs went 17 innings between runs after scoring three in the first and one in the 19th more than four hours later. Kyler Burke finally delivered the game-winning hit with a double that scored Ryan Flaherty.
The epic contest set franchise records for innings played (19) and longest game time (five hours, 13 minutes). The Stone Crabs offense went 4-for-24 with runners in scoring position and left 20 men on base for the game.
Rocco Baldelli, who was signed by the Tampa Bay Rays to a Minor League contract today, went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in his first live game action since October 20, 2009. He exited the game after his final at bat in the ninth inning.
The Stone Crabs put together a two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the game and had the winning run on third base, but Chris Murrill grounded out to shortstop to send the game into extra innings. Kyeong Kang collected the game-tying hit with the bases loaded on a 2-2 offering in the seventh pitch of his at bat.
Charlotte starter Nick Barnese allowed three runs in the first inning, but he shut down the Daytona offense after that, giving up just one hit after the second inning. He threw 91 pitches over seven innings and gave up three runs on six hits in his fifth consecutive quality start but did not factor in the decision.
Daytona jumped out to an early three-run lead in the top of the first inning capped by a two-run double from Kyler Burke to right-center field.
Barnese gave up four hits in the inning after giving up the same amount in each of his previous two starts.
The Stone Crabs got one back in the bottom of the frame when Tim Beckham and Greg Sexton both doubled with Sexton getting the RBI. Sexton is now batting .333 (20-for-60) with nine RBIs in his last 15 games.
The Crabs eventually rallied to tie the game in the ninth inning before the teams traded nine scoreless innings before the Cubs finally broke through.
Charlotte reliever Zach Quate pitched two scoreless innings to back up Barnese and lowered his season ERA to 0.55 (3er/48.2ip). Marquis Fleming, Rayner Oliveros and Justin Garcia all pitched in relief, and infielder Matt Hall eventually took the loss after giving up the run in the 19th.