Before Sunday's game, Kyle Moses sat in the Crabs dugout as a couple of teammates helped fit him with a pair of bright red suspenders. Not your typical fashion for today's young ballplayers, but this was not a typical day, this was Suspenders Day, to honor the birthday of late Crabs President and Boardmember Jerry Nutter.
Those suspenders seemed to give Moses superpowers. He flew threw the air to make a diving catch to end the top of the first, threw out a runner at home in the fifth, scored three runs, and capped off a thrilling Father's Day at the Arcata Ballpark by driving in the winning run in the ninth inning, lifting the Crabs over the Menlo Park Legends 6-5.
"I think the suspenders were there for us," said Matt Nutter, Jerry's son and manager of the Crabs. "Kyle threw the guy out at the plate — almost two — and was all over the place in the outfield as usual, and then he came up big in the last 'AB' there."
The victory gave the Crabs a 3-1 series win in their first Far West League action of the year, following a 4-2 loss on Friday night and a pair of 7-2 victories on Saturday.
"I think this weekend was a wakeup call for these guys," said Nutter, suggesting that his team hadn't brought the same intensity as their opponents in the series opener. "Maybe Friday night was the game we needed. These guys came back out and answered the bell, three in a row against a good ball club, so I'm proud of them, and hopefully they'll keep it rolling."
In the Far West League opener for the Crabs, the fans were treated to a back-and-forth battle with two dominant pitchers on the mound. Both Andrew Herrera of Menlo Park and Drew Bradshaw of Humboldt kept opposing batters off-balance for the entirety of their starts, with Herrera and the Legends winning the duel 4-2
Bradshaw stayed in the game into the 8th inning, but was unable to leave with a lead. Bradshaw allowed four runs on 11 hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. Herrera went eight innings allowing two runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
For the first game of the day's double-header the Crabs sent Brian Bynum to the mound in hopes of a dominating performance. They got what they wanted with Bynum, as he went seven innings, allowing only one run on four hits with four strikeouts and a walk in a 7-2 Crabs win.
The offensive leaders for the Crabs were Clay Cederquist, Cameron Olson, and Trent Goodrich. They all went 2-for-4 in the game. Olson dropped his first bomb of the summer into the City Hall parking lot, the second homer by the Crabs this season.
A short game was on the schedule for the back end of the day's double-header. The Crabs were finally able to score men in scoring position regularly and walked away with a second straight 7-2 win. Only two members of the Crabs starting lineup went hitless in the game.
The winning pitcher was Chad Hodges, who went six innings allowing two runs on five hits with five walks and three strikeouts. The save went to the Crabs closer Thomas Cortese.
Our Father's Day game was a series-ender for the ages. It was a nail-biter throughout with plenty of late game drama.
The Legends and Crabs both got a run in the first and scored in the 3rd inning. Menlo Park put up one in the third while the Crabs hung a crooked number, with three runs. The Crabs took that lead into the sixth inning when they allowed the Legends to score two runs and tie the game. The Crabs regained the lead in the 7th inning with a solo run to go up 5-4. Legend hitter, Danny Miller, brought his team back with a single swing of the bat which sent a no-doubter over the right-center wall. Tied at fives, the Crabs had a lot of pressure heading into the home half of the 9th
The first batter of the inning, Goodrich, got on base with a nifty single into the shallow outfield. During Caleb Wood's at-bat Goodrich stole second, even though the Legends had gone for a pitch-out to catch the runner. Wood did his duty to move over the runner with a sac bunt, putting the win within 90 feet of home plate. Next up was Moses, who slapped a line drive past the drawn-in infielders for the RBI and the walk-off victory.
In their last tuneups before the league season begins, the Humboldt Crabs swept a two-game midweek set against the Bay Area Lumberjacks on Tuesday and Wednesday by scores 2-1 and 13-5.
In Tuesday's game, Ruben Rios turned in a solid performance over seven innings to earn the win. A run that scored on a failed double play attempt in the second was the only blemish on his record.
And Rios needed to be good, because his counterpart, Rob Ellis, didn't fare too badly either, holding the Crabs to a season-low two runs. Both of those runs came in the fourth. After singling to lead off, Jeremie Fagnan stole second and third, then score the tying run on a wild pitch. A short time later, Tyler Shannon doubled in Nick Minteer for the go-ahead run.
Rios yielded to new arrival Connor Chase in the eighth, and Thomas Cortese in the ninth. Cortese earned the save by strking out three of the four batters he faced.
Wednesday night's game quickly revealed itself to be a different beast. The runs came early and often, and after three-and-a-half innings it was tied at 5. However, from there on it was all Crabs. They broke the tie in the bottom of the fourth, tacked on two more in the fifth, and then hung up a five-spot in the seventh, thanks to RBI-hits by Fagnan, Sergio Sanchez and Chris Akmon.
Zack McCoy picked up the win by pitching 1 1/3 innings in relief of Nick Mikkelson, a new addition to the team from St. Bernard's.
Now the Crabs face their first Far West League opponent of the season, the Menlo Park Legends. The Legends are off to a fast start, boasting a 7-2 overall record and a 3-1 league record as they share a very early league lead with the Walnut Creek Crawdads.
The Crabs and Legends' four-game series begins Friday at 7:00 p.m., then plays a Saturday doubleheader with an early start time of 12:30 p.m., and wraps up with a single game on Father's Day at 12:30 p.m.
A couple of years ago, we posted the first of what was intended to be a series of podcasts. Well, they're back, thanks to the efforts of our awesome volunteer, Alan Scott.
Alan has introduced a pregame show to our daily radio broadcasts, and he was kind enough to share the recordings with us to use here. The first four episodes of this year have been posted, with more to come throughout the season. The original two Crabcasts from 2011 are there as well. We hope you enjoy them!
ARCATA (June 10) — With their roster getting closer and closer to being fully here, the Humboldt Crabs took three-of-four from the visiting Healdsburg Prune Packers over the course of a beautiful June weekend at the Arcata Ball Park. They won the opener 4-2 on Friday, then dropped the first game of Saturday's doubleheader 5-4 before unleashing the offense in a pair of mercy-rule wins in Saturday's nightcap and Sunday's series final, 10-0 and 13-3.
"I liked it," said Crabs manager Matt Nutter. "We're starting to gel a little bit, starting to get guys in, and except for the one game we dropped I thought we played well."
Nutter was particularly please to see the Crabs' offense get untracked in the final two games.
"We were a little slow out of the box early, but came on there in the last two games and hit the ball really well," he said.
The Crabs started off Friday's night game with a trio of errors, handing a pair of unearned runs to Healdsburg in the top of the 1st inning. The newly-arrived infielders booted some easy ground balls to open up the door to the visiting Prune Packers. All of the infielders with errors were in their first game in a Crabs uniform and seemed to feel the pressure a bit. The Crabs answered back with a run of their own in the bottom of the 1st inning.
The Crabs gathered their nerves and shutdown the Packers offense for the rest of the game. Humboldt added one run at a time in the 2nd, the 3rd, and the 7th innings to beat the Prune Packers 4-2 in the first game of the weekend series.
The winning pitcher for the Crabs, with a complete game victory, was Drew Bradshaw. Bradshaw went nine innings with three hits, two walks, and eight strikeouts.
The losing pitcher for the Prune Packers was Peter Thorson. Thorson went eight innings, allowing four runs on six hits with three walks and eight strikeouts.
Leading the offense for Humboldt was Chris Akmon, who went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Healdsburg was led by Francis Griffin, who went 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base.
The opening of Saturday's doubleheader was scoreless thru the first three innings. In the top of the 4th inning Healdsburg plated a single run. Humboldt quickly responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning. The Crabs tacked on another run in the 7th inning, but allowed three runs to the Prune Packers in the top of the 8th and a single run in the top of the 9th. Humboldt was able to score a single run in the bottom of the 9th inning but fell a run short on the right-field scoreboard.
The losing pitcher for the Crabs was reliever Connor Chick, who gave up four runs on five hits with three walks and a strikeout. The Crabs starter, Brian Bynum, went seven innings allowing one run on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.
Winning pitcher for the Prune Packers was Devin Breining. He pitched one inning with one strikeout. The Packers starter, Cameron Mayville, went six innings giving up three runs on seven hits with a pair of walks and strikeouts.
Healdsburg's offense was led by Kevin Castillo who went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a walk. The Prune Packers defense was led by catcher, Elliot North. North gunned down three consecutive steal attempts in the game and none of the calls were even close.
Humboldt's offensive leaders were Caleb Wood and Zack McCoy. Wood went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and was caught stealing. McCoy went 3-for-4 and scored three out of the team's four runs in the ball game.
The nightcap of the double-header was not as exciting as the previous game had been, but it ended with a bang.
The Crabs jumped on the Prune Packers early by scuffing up starting pitcher Andre Holmes for six runs on five hits and four walks in two and a third innings. The Prune Packers continued to walk batters after Holmes' exit and soon found themselves sinking against the Crabs.
Crabs starting pitcher, Chad Hodges, went all five innings allowing no runs on two hits with nine strikeouts and one walk. The 2nd game of this double-header was only scheduled for seven innings, which is why the 10-run rule was called in the 5th inning.
The night was capped by the most exciting play of the four game series in the bottom of the 5th inning. Jeremie Fagnan came to the plate with a man on and blasted a ball well beyond the right-field fence on a night where the breeze was blowing straight in from right-center. The homer was the first of the Crabs 69th season.
For the Prune Packers, the problems began before the ceremonial first pitch. Their slated starting pitcher was scratched due to rotator cuff issues when he was warming up. Healdsburg had to start the game with their already exhausted bullpen taking the mound. They quickly allowed three hits and six walks in the 1st inning which plated six runs for the Crabs. Humboldt only needed to hold steady to all but lock up the series with three wins and one loss.
Healdsburg fired back with runs in the 3rd and 4th innings but they were only able to muster three runs in those innings. Humboldt finished strong with two runs in the 6th, two runs in the 7th, and three runs in the eighth to seal a 10-run victory yet again.
Healdsburg was led on offense by lead-off man Marty Greinke, who went 2-for-4. Losing pitcher for the Prune Packers was Matt Wheeler with less then an inning under his belt.
Humboldt was led on offense by Pete Miller and Nick Minteer. They combined to go 5-for-8 with five runs, one RBI, and two walks. The winning pitcher for the Crabs was Johnny Melero with seven innings allowing seven hits resulting in three runs with two walks and two strikeouts.
The Crabs want to thank the Prune Packers for being such a class act on the field and in the stands. It was an honor for all involved to host a team with such great sportsmanship. Healdsburg even hung around post-game to high-five a couple hundred kids as they ran the bases at the conclusion of Sunday's game.
ARCATA (June 9, 2013) — The 2013 Major League Baseball draft was held this week, and, it was a good time to be a former Crab, as five players who spent at least one summer at the Arcata Ballpark got that coveted phone call.
Outfielder Justin Higley, a 2011 Crab who went to Sacramento State, was the first of the four to hear his name called, as the Oakland A's selected him in the 13th round, 401st overall.
Next up was pitcher Tyler Stirewalt of Fresno State, who was on the Crabs' 2012 team. He was picked in the 21st round, 620th overall by the Minnesota Twins.
Andrew Ayers, the loca boy who starred at St. Bernard's in high school and was named the Crabs' Best Offensive Player in 2010, was taken in the 30th round, 894th overall, by the Kansas City Royals.
2011 Crabs MVP and fan favorite Ivory Thomas will be joining Stirewalt in the Twins' system after they took him in the 34th round, No. 1010 overall.
And Ty Afenir, the Crabs 2012 starting Shortstop, was taken in the 39th round, No. 1184 overall, by the Washington Nationals.
Congrats to all of four of these outstanding players, and good luck to them all as they continue their baseball careers!
ARCATA (June 2, 2013) — Despite having less than half the team here for opening weekend, the Crabs started their 69th consecutive season off well by winning two of three against the Fairfield Indians, who returned as the traditional opening opponent after a one-year hiatus.
"We basically had two pitchers per game this weekend, and it kind of showed at times," said Crabs manager Matt Nutter, "And we've got six position players and a bunch of old coaches, so to take two out of three, we'll take it."
The old coaches Nutter was referring to were Jeff Giacomini, Brad Morgan, and Spencer Duggan, who won't be eligible to play in league games, but pitched in to help fill out the roster as the team waits for the rest of its players to finish school, finish their college seasons, or both.
Despite the shortened bench, the Crabs nearly pulled off a sweep. In Sunday's series finale, the home team let 4-3 with two outs in the ninth, but couldn't get that crucial 27th out in time. Rupert Watson doubled to deep right-center to drive in the tying and go-ahead runs, and came around to score an insurance run shortly thereafter in a 6-4 Indians victory.
The Crabs had taken both games on Saturday, the first in a blowout, the second in a walkoff. In the opener, on a beautiful sunny afternoon, Drew Bradshaw made sure his return to Arcata got off on the right foot, as he cruised through seven innings before handing off to another returner, Ruben Rios for the final two.
The Crabs put up a run in the first, two in the third, and one in the fourth, before blowing the doors off with a six-run seventh. Clay Cederquist, Zack McCoy, Nick Minteer and Peter Miller each had two hits, and seven different Crabs drove in runs in the 10-0 win.
Anyone hoping that the evening game would be just as easy would have been disappointed by the nightcap, but those who wanted to see a tightly contested game with dramatics at the end were not. Each team scored twice in the first, the Crabs took a 3-2 lead in the third, and the Indians answered in the fourth to tie it at 3.
Things stayed that way for quite some time, as the Indians' Ben Monroe and the Crabs' combo of Connor Chick and Thomas Cortese held opposing offenses in check.
Finally, with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and the crowd on its feet cheering him on like it was 2012 again, Duggan blooped a single to left, just out of the diving reach of left fielder Lamar Smith, to drive in Kyle Moses from second with the winning run.
The Crabs' next game is Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. against the local Humboldt Sluggers squad. Hope to see you there!
The line at the ballpark box office for tickets can be pretty long, but there's no reason to wait anymore. In addition to the online ticket sales option that we introduced last year, you can now buy single-game tickets at several local outlets.
These individual game tickets, which we must say look pretty sharp, are available at Wildberries, Big Pete’s Pizza, Solo Sports, Ray's Food Place locations in Arcata, Eureka, Fortuna and McKinleyville, and the Arcata and Eureka Chambers of Commerce. They are also available at the "Crabs Shack" at the Arcata Main Street office in the Jacoby Storehouse on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Just like at the box office, there are adult, child, and senior/student tickets. For more information on ticket prices and locations, check out our ticketing page.
There's only one caveat: Holding a ticket does not guarantee admission to the park, so on those few days a year like the Fourth of July when we may sell out, you'll still want to get there early. Because when the park's full, the park's full.
Matt Nutter and his coaching staff are so antsy to begin the season, they've taken to coaching pizza guys. Take a look at our latest ad:
And make sure you bookmark our YouTube Channel. We're asking fans to send us 30-second videos from this season and we'll post them throughout the season. Email your links or files to email@example.com.
Humboldt Crabs Baseball is building a batting cage at the Arcata Ballpark. The City of Arcata and the Crabs are partnering to build a 20' x 80' hitting practice area in left field parallel to the freeway. After two years of planning and money saving the foundation was poured on Saturday.
Proceeds from the pre-season dinner for several years have been added to money from the City to finance the project. A 15' x 70" enclosed “cage” with netting will house a state-of-the-art pitching machine the Crabs, Arcata High Tigers, HSU Club team and any other baseball teams playing there will use for batting practice. The pitching machine holds 600 baseballs and pitches one ball every six seconds.
This cage will keep the Crabs current with Division One College Standards at the Arcata Ball Park. With the money raised and donations of labor from Ed Cook Concrete Construction and the help of the city employees it will be done prior to the season opener June 1. The cage will change the left field “out of play” area, giving it a new modern looking dimension. The bullpen is moved and the bleachers will be re-located. This will give a new practice area for the team and new game viewing opportunities for the fans who support them and sit in left field.
Cook Concrete Construction, led by Ed Cook, two of his employees, Al Mullins and Cory Wilbur, have donated their labor to form and pour the concrete and the retaining wall.
The work has been shared with Arcata employees doing the excavation, the pole installation and cage erection. This effort has been led by Field Superintendent, Fred Lomeli, head carpenter Rob Johnson and employees Michael O'Dowell and Stan Shaeffer. Parks and Recreation supervisor, Dan Diemer, has assisted in approving this project with Arcata's Engineering and the Building Department as well as approval of the components being purchased. We thank everyone who was involved for helping get the batting cage installed.
The Crabs are pleased to announce that we are now taking applications for our staff for the 2013 season. Many positions are available, including concessions, special events, and security. And of course, the biggest void we have to fill this year is in the 50/50 drawing. Who's going to step up to take over for Luisa?
If you are interested in working at the Ball Park this summer, fill out our online application today!