August 5, 2017 - Florida State League (FSL) - St. Lucie Mets
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (August 4, 2017) - The Tampa Yankees rallied from a 3-0 deficit and defeated the St. Lucie Mets 9-4 on Friday at First Data Field.
Kyle Holder sparked the Yankees with a two-out, two-run single in the top of the fifth to cut the Mets lead to 3-2. Chris Gittens followed with a tying hit.
The Yankees sent all nine hitters to the plate in the sixth inning and scored five runs on six hits. Gosuke Katoh knocked Mets starter Andrew Church out of the game with a RBI double that put Tampa up 4-3.
Alexander Palma greeted reliever Craig Missigman with a RBI double. Then Tim Lynch clubbed a two-run homer to put the Yankees up 7-3. Another two-out RBI single by Gittens capped the inning and put Tampa ahead 8-3.
Peter Alonso went 2 for 3 with a homer, single and two RBI in the loss. He extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Alonso's homer in the third cleared the scoreboard in left-center field and was estimated to travel 480 feet.
Gerson Bautista, who the Mets acquired in the Addison Reed trade on Monday, made his organizational debut. He allowed one run in two innings of relief. He hit 98-99 mph consistently and struck out three batters.
Tim Tebow went 1 for 3 with a double, RBI sac fly and two strikeouts.
The Yankees pounded out 15 hits after having just one hit over the first four innings vs. Church. Holder, Gittens and Lynch had three hits apiece.
Church took the loss after surrendering five runs in five innings.
Yankees starter Brain Keller recovered from a shaky start to get the win. He allowed three runs in five innings.
The Mets (16-25, 49-60) and Yankees (26-14, 65-45) continue their series at First Data Field on Saturday. First pitch is 6:30 p.m. There will be postgame fireworks