Posted by Mack Ade at 6:00 AM
Robert Gsellman completely dominated the Palm Beach Cardinals in a 4-0 victory for the St. Lucie Mets at Tradition Field.
In his fifth start of the season, Gsellman took a no hitter into the eighth inning and ended the night allowing just one hit over eight innings. Gsellman walked three, struck out six and got three double play balls.
Ronald Castillo broke up the no hitter with one out in the eighth by chopping a single up the middle out of the reach of Jeff McNeil and Amed Rosario. Gsellman got the next batter Juan Herrera to ground into an inning ending double play. It came on his 94th and final pitch of the night.
Gsellman improved to 4-0 on the season and now sports a 1.55 ERA. The Mets are 5-0 in his starts.
The Mets managed to score three runs, one earned, against Alex Reyes who is the No. 3 Cardinals’ prospect. With two outs and two runners on in the second, Jhoan Urena drove a ball to the warning track in right that was dropped by Rowan Wick. Dominic Smith and Victor Cruzado scored on the error.
Champ Stuart led off the third with a double and scored on an RBI single by Michael Conforto to make it 3-0.
The Mets scored their final run in the eighth on a two-out RBI base hit by Urena.
Akeel Morris struck out the side in the ninth to finish the game.
Gsellman had a relatively easy outing. The only hard hit ball against him came in the seventh after he walked two consecutive batters with one out. Carson Kelly ripped a line drive to first base that Smith made a diving catch on. Smith then doubled off the lead runner at second.
Gsellman got 10 ground ball outs and three fly outs.
At the plate, Cruzado went 3 for 4 and Stuart had two hits.
Reyes allowed one earned run (three total) in six innings. He struck out six and walked one.