4/30/17

St. Lucie 5 - Clearwater 4

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 The St. Lucie Mets sweated out an exciting 5-4 win over the Clearwater Threshers on Saturday at First Data Field in front of 4,592 fans.

The Mets entered the ninth inning leading 5-1, but three batters into the inning Jan Hernandez hit a three-run homer off of Tyler Bashlor to get within a run. Drew Stankiewicz followed with a single. Pinch runner Mark Laird advanced to third base with two outs. Bashlor was able to get a ground out to shortstop J.C. Rodriguez to keep the tying run 90 feet away and end the game.

Mets starter Andrew Church picked up a much-deserved win. He limited the Threshers to one run on seven hits in seven innings. It was the deepest a Mets starter pitched into a game this season. Church struck out four and did not walk a batter.

Brandon Nimmo and Wilmer Flores made rehab starts and batted 1-2 in the order. Nimmo went 0 for 3 with two walks and a strikeout. He played all nine innings in center field for a third straight day. Flores went 0 for 3 with a strikeout. He was also hit by a pitch and scored a run. Flores played seven innings at third base.

Jeff McNeil started the Mets scoring with a two-run homer off the right field foul poll in the first inning. However, McNeil appeared to hurt himself on the play and had to leave the game.

Vinny Siena took over at second base for McNeil and went 2 for 4 with two doubles and two runs scored.

Patrick Mazeika went 2 for 3 with a double, two RBIs and a run. Anthony Dimino contributed two hits.

The Mets (9-14) and Threshers (16-7) conclude their three-game series with the rubber match at First Data Field on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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