PORT CHARLOTTE — Charlotte Stone Crabs manager Jim Morrison liked Derek Dietrich’s bases-loaded grounder up the middle. Dietrich was pleased with it, too, making solid contact after whiffing on two strikes.
But Dietrich’s grounder in the eighth — and the Stone Crabs’ budding rally — died in the glove of Lakeland shortstop Dixon Machado, who stepped on second and fired on to first to end the inning in Charlotte’s 2-1 loss to the Flying Tigers on Thursday night.
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