Posted by Mack Ade at 6:00 AM
The St. Lucie Mets and Jupiter Hammerheads split their doubleheader at Tradition Field. The Hammerheads won the first game 3-1 in eight innings and the Mets recovered to win game 2, 10-4.
In game 1, the Mets only managed one hit but nearly won. Maikis De La Cruz hit a leadoff home run in the fifth off of Jarlin Garcia to break a scoreless tie.
The Mets took the 1-0 lead to the seventh but couldn’t hold the lead. Bobby Parnell, on a Major League rehab assignment, came out for the save but was wild. He gave up an RBI single to Cameron Flynn with one out that tied the game. Parnell ended up loading the bases but struck out Rehiner Cordova for the second out to keep the game tied.
Akeel Morris relieved Parnell and got the final out to avoid further damage. However, Brian Anderson blasted the go-ahead home run against Morris in the eighth to win it for the Hammerheads.
The loss spoiled a great pitching performance from Miller Diaz, who shut out the Hammerheads for six innings. He gave up three singles and struck out six.
Outside of the De La Cruz homer, Garcia was perfect through six innings. He struck out six.
Juancito Martinez pitched two clean innings of relief for the win.
Parnell’s line was 0.2 innings pitched, two hits, one run, two walks and one strikeout.
In game 2 the Hammerheads jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first against Robert Gsellman.
But the Mets bats came alive. They scored three runs in the first, one on an RBI single by De La Cruz and two more on a double by Matt Oberste.
Colton Plaia launched a long solo home run in the second and added an RBI double in the third.
Maikis De La Cruz completed the scoring in the sixth. He laced a two-run triple to center field and scored on the same play on a throwing error to make it 10-3.
After giving up two runs in the first, Gsellman settled down and didn’t allow another run. He escaped multiple jams and departed after 4.2 innings.
Julian Hilario was credited with the win.
The Mets pounded out 14 hits in just six innings. Eight of the nine players in the lineup had a hit and six had multi hit games.
De La Cruz ended up 2 for 4 with two runs scored and three RBIs.
Michael Conforto went 2 for 4 with two runs and one RBI.