Posted by Mack Ade at 6:30 AM
The Bradenton Marauders scored nine unanswered runs and blasted out 17 hits in an 11-4 victory over the St. Lucie Mets at Tradition Field.
The 17 hits are a season high given up by the Mets. Four Marauders – Michael Fransoso, Jin-De Jhang, Jacoby Jones and Jordan Steranka – had three-hit games. Austin Meadows and Erich Weiss had two hits apiece.
The Mets actually held a lead in the sixth innings. Yeixon Ruiz hit a two-out solo home run in the fourth to put the Mets up 3-2. However, it came unraveled for the Mets in the sixth.
With one out and Jose Osuna on third base, Junior Sosa grounded a ball to Mets first baseman Dominic Smith. Smith threw home to catcher Colton Plaia who trapped Osuna in a rundown between home and third. But umpire Ben Levin ruled that Plaia missed the tag and Osuna stayed in the base line. Osuna scored to tie the game 3-3 and Mets manager Luis Rojas was ejected for arguing.
The inning came unglued after the controversial play. Kelly Secrest walked the next two batters on eight straight balls to load the bases and force home the go-ahead run. He walked in another run two batters later and the Marauders held a 5-3 lead.
Bradenton pushed across four more in the eighth against Ricky Knapp to blow the game open. Fransoso, Weiss and Steranka had RBI singles in the inning.
The Marauders added two more in the ninth on run-scoring hits by Jones and Weiss. It would have been worse for the Mets, but Michael Conforto made a diving catch on the warning track in left to rob Steranak with the bases loaded.
Steven Brault got his first win for the Marauders. The starter gave up three runs, one earned, in five innings.
Mets starter Kevin McGowan did not factor into the game. He allowed three earned runs in five innings. Secrest took the loss.
Offensively the Mets managed just six hits. Amed Rosario doubled and tripled to extend his hitting streak to seven games. Ruiz hit his first home run.