June 13, 2017 - Florida State League (FSL) - St. Lucie Mets
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - St. Lucie starting pitcher Nabil Crismatt was electric in a complete game effort but it wasn't enough to get a win, as the Jupiter Hammerheads clipped the Mets 3-2 on Tuesday at First Data Field.
Crismatt struck out a career-high 13 batters and did not issue a walk over his nine innings. He scattered seven hits while throwing 102 pitches.
Jupiter scored all of its runs in the second inning. Stone Garrett led off the inning with a routine ground ball to third base that was bobble by Dale Burdick for an error. The next batter Brian Schales hit a RBI double to tie the game 1-1. Dexter Kjerstad then hit a two-run homer to put the Hammerheads up 3-1.
The Mets had the difficult task of facing major league rehabber Justin Nicolino. With two outs and the bases empty in the first inning, the Mets ripped off four consecutive hits. Patrick Mazeika's RBI single brought home Jhoan Urena to make it 1-0. John Mora followed with a single into right field, but Kjerstad threw a strike to the plate to get Peter Alonso at home.
Burdick launched a long home run off of Nicolino in the fifth inning to cut the Jupiter lead to 3-2. It was Burdick's fifth homer of the year and the Mets first home run in 13 games.
The Mets had a chance in the bottom of the ninth. Urena led off with a single, but pinch runner Arnaldo Berrios was promptly picked off by Jeff Kinley. Mazeika worked a two-out walk and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Kinley recovered to strike out Mora to end the game.
Crismatt struck out two batters in each of the four innings. He fanned two hitters in the eighth and struck out the second to last batter he faced in the ninth to reach 13.
Nicolino got the win. He pitched six innings and allowed two runs.
It was the sixth straight loss by the Mets, which matched their longest of the season. Four of the losses have been by one run.
The Mets (30-33) and Hammerheads (30-34) play the third game of their series at First Data Field on Wednesday. First pitch is 6:30 p.m.