6/24/18

Lakeland Sweeps St. lucie 4-2, 8-3

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (June 23, 2018) – The Lakeland Flying Tigers swept the St. Lucie Mets in a doubleheader at First Data Field on Saturday.

Lakeland won the first game 4-2 and then beat the Mets 8-3 in game 2.

The Mets have now been swept in their last four doubleheaders, all of which have been at home.

Gene Cone was a bright spot for St. Lucie. He went 4 for 8 with two doubles and three RBI across the two games.

In game 1, the Flying Tigers scored three runs on five hits against Mets starter David Peterson in the third inning. Daniel Pinero and Luke Burch notched two-out RBI singles in the frame to extend the Lakeland lead to 4-0.

Peterson settled down and retired 11 in a row to end his outing. He scattered seven hits and three earned runs over 6.1 innings.

Cone provided the only runs for the Mets went he belted a two-run double in the bottom of the third. However, the Mets comeback fell short, as they stranded four base runners across the final four innings and hit into two double plays.

Lakeland reliever Eduardo Jimenez collected a four-out save. It was his league leading 12th save of the season.

In game 2, the Flying Tigers took advantage of walks by Gary Cornish. The Mets starter walked six batters and plunked another. He was tagged for six hits and seven runs in four innings.

The Flying Tigers broke a 1-1 tie and broke the game open with a four-run third inning. All nine batters came to the plate. Kenny Wilson delivered a RBI double and Troy Montgomery knocked a two-run single.

Pinero went 0 for 0 with three walks, a hit-by-pitch and three runs scored. Montgomery went 2 for 3 with a double and four RBI.

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