Crabs Jump out to Early Lead, Handle Mets 6-3
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (August 18, 2014) - The Charlotte Stone Crabs scored all six of their runs in the first inning on Monday in a 6-3 victory over the St. Lucie Mets at Charlotte Sports Park.
The Mets briefly led 1-0 when Maikis De La Cruz hit a solo homer in the top of the first, but it unraveled in the bottom half.
The first five Stone Crabs reached against Kevin McGowan. Tommy Coyle opened with a ground rule double and scored on Johnny Field's single. Maxx Tissenbaum followed with a two-run homer to put the Crabs up 3-1.
Patrick Leonard then singled, and he scored on Marty Gantt's tripe to right. The Crabs hit for the cycle as a team with their first five batters.
A ground out scored Gantt to make it 5-1. After Jake DePew struck out, Jonathan Quinonez walked. He scored on Juniel Querecuto's triple.
Finally, Coyle grounded out to end the first. All told, Charlotte sent 10 batters to the plate and scored six runs on six hits and a walk in the first.
McGowan settled down to keep the Crabs off the scoreboard over the next four innings. He ended up going five innings and gave up six runs on nine hits.
Jared Mortensen retired 10 Mets in a row after serving up the homer to De La Cruz. The Mets finally got to him in the sixth when De La Cruz and L.J. Mazzilli hit back-to-back one-out doubles. Mazzilli's double plated De La Cruz to make it 6-2
Mazzilli scored later in the inning when reliever Marcus Jensen threw a wild pitch.
But the Mets wouldn't get closer than 6-3. Jensen pitched a clean seventh and Zach Cooper held the Mets to two hits over the final two innings to earn his sixth save.
Mortensen got the win. He gave up three runs in 5 2/3 innings.
De La Cruz went 3 for 4 for St. Lucie and was a triple shy of the cycle.
Tim Peterson threw three scoreless innings of relief. He did not give up a hit and struck out four while facing the minimum.
The Mets (68-67, 28-28) were surpassed by the Stone Crabs (59-62, 28-26) in the FSL South standings. The Mets are now alone in fifth place.
The Mets and Stone Crabs continue their three-game series at Charlotte Sports Park on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
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