Blue Jays sweep Mets in doubleheader


PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (July 8, 2018) – The Dunedin Blue Jays swept the St. Lucie Mets in a doubleheader on Sunday at First Data Field.

The Blue Jays won the first game 5-2. They came from behind to win the second game 2-1. Dunedin won all three games in the series.

In game 1, Santiago Espinal provided the Blue Jays with the offense they needed. He clubbed a two-out, three-run homer off Mets starter Gary Cornish in the third inning.

Anthony Dimino brought the Mets back into the game with a two-run single in the fourth. However with the bases loaded and one out, Blue Jays reliever Juliandry Higuera induced an inning-ending double play off the bat of Dan Rizzie to keep his team in front 3-2.

The Blue Jays added two insurance runs against new Mets reliever Trey Cobb in the seventh to go up 5-2.

Cornish made a quality start. He pitched six innings and allowed five runs on three hits. He finished his outing by retiring the final eight batters he faced.

Mike Paez went 1 for 1 with two walks and a run. Dimino was 1 for 3 with two RBI.

Dunedin starter Andy Ravel gave up two runs in three innings.

Claudio Custodio fired two scoreless innings of relief to get the win in his Advanced-A debut as a pitcher.

In game 2, Mets starter Gabriel Llanes pitched a complete game in the 2-1 loss. He scattered 11 hits and only allowed one earned run.

The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Gene Cone scored on a ground out by Dimino.

Dunedin tied the game in the fourth. Espinal doubled with one out and came home to score on a single from Kevin Smith.

The Blue Jays broke the tie with an unearned run in the sixth. Smith and David Jacob started the inning with singles. Smith stopped at second base but advanced to third when Jacob’s single was bobbled in left field. Smith scored two batters later on a sac fly from Kacy Clemens.

Blue Jays starter Yennsy Diaz was excellent. After surrendering singles to Cone and Andres Gimenez to begin his outing, he retired 12 straight. Diaz pitched six innings and struck out four. He allowed three hits and did not walk a batter.

William Oullette retired the side in order in the bottom of the seventh for his fourth save.


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