The Charlotte Stone Crabs avoided being swept by beating the St. Lucie Mets 10-3 at Charlotte Sports Park.
Stone Crabs starter Brent Honeywell limited a hot Mets offense to five hits and one run in 5.2 innings. He struck out five and walked two. Honeywell is Baseball America’s No. 3 Rays prospect.
The Crabs offense flexed some muscle by hitting four home runs. The Crabs went to work early against Mets starter Corey Oswalt, scoring two runs in the first, two more in the second and plating three runs with two outs in the third. Cade Gotta’s two-run homer in the inning made it 7-1.
Solo home runs by Bralin Jackson and Alec Sole in the fifth and sixth against Jimmy Duff put the Crabs up 9-1. Pat Blair’s solo shot in the eighth off of Tim Peterson made it 10-1.
Kevin Taylor went 2 for 4 with a double for the Mets. Wuilmer Becerra went 2 for 2 with a double and two walks.
Oswalt suffered his first loss. He was tagged for seven runs on 10 hits. He struck out five.
Notes: The Mets lost on the road for the first time. They are now 6-1 away from Tradition Field…The Mets took two of three in the series after Charlotte took two of three in St. Lucie last week…Coming into the night the Mets staff had only surrendered six home runs all year. The Stone Crabs offense had only hit six home runs all year…Amed Rosario went 1 for 5. He had seven RBI in the first two games…catcher Brandon Brosher and outfielder Raphael Ramirez made their St. Lucie debuts…Champ Stuart had his first off day.