Florida State League Play-Offs: St. Lucie Mets Win Game One
The St. Lucie Mets Defeated the Bradenton Marauders 4-2 last night, in Game 1 of the Florida State League Divisional Series. With the score tied 2-2, men on second and third and two outs in the top of the ninth inning, 2B Jose Coronado laced a double to drive in C Francisco Pena and 3B Jefry Marte with the winning runs.
LHP Darin Gorski pitched 7 solid innings allowing only 2 runs, on 6 hits, while striking out 6 and walking 1. RHP John Church pitched a perfect 8th, striking out one, for the victory. RHP Jeff Kaplan struck out the side in the 9th to pick up the save.
The first Mets run scored with two outs in the 6th, when with the Marauders ahead 2-0, SS Wilmer Flores lifted a pop-up behind shortstop. The ball deflected off the shortstop’s glove, before falling in front of the left-fielder for a double. 1B Stefan Welch then singled to RF to drive in Flores.
St. Lucie tied the score in the 7th when CF Cesar Puello was hit by a pitch leading off. RF Cory Vaughn followed with a single to RF, putting runners on first and third. Then Pena grounded into a DP which allowed Puello to score. Marte, Vaughn, and Coronado led the way offensively for St. Lucie, each picking up two hits in the victory.
Game 2 of the best-of-three series, is set for tonight when 6’7″ RHP Brett Lorin (7-6 2.84), squares off against hard-throwing RHP Zack Wheeler (9-7 3.52).
The Brooklyn Cyclones and Staten Island Yankees were rained out last night and will try and play Game 1 of their series tonight in Brooklyn, weather permitting. RHP Bryan Mitchell will start for the Yankees, while RHP Marco Camarena toes the bump for Brooklyn.
Savannah opens their best-of-three series for the South Atlantic League Divisional Series tonight, with Game 1 in Augusta at 7PM. The likely starter for the Sand Gnats will be LHP Angel Cuan, who was 10-3 with a 3.56 ERA, a 99/16 K/BB ratio, and a 1.14 WHIP this year.
About the Author: Peter Shapiro
The first time I went to Shea was not for a Mets game, it was for the Beatles concert there in August of '66. My first Met game was '67, a guy named Salty Parker was the interim-manager then. My first pennant race was 1969. As a 12 year-old that summer and fall, I managed to get to the park for 3 games. The first was the beginning of the Miracle which actually started on Tuesday July 8, 1969 with a day game against the Cubs. I was there a lot in '73. I saw games 3 & 5 of the 1973 NL Playoffs against the "Big Red Machine", from the upper deck behind home plate. It was from there that I witnessed the fight between Bud Harrelson and Pete Rose, and the mayhem that ensued. And that sweet victory in game 5! I saw a couple of WS games at Shea that year against that legendary Oakland A's club. I was there in 1985 for every single game Dr. K pitched including his two 16 strikeout performances, and the day he one-hit the Cubs on an infield single and the Mets won 1-0. I loved being a Met fan in those days. Hopefully we are once again preparing to emerge from the darkness.
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