Ervin Santana, Zabaleta Combine for 5-0 Shutout
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Ervin Santana made his third start for the St. Lucie Mets on Wednesday and it was his best yet. Santana, signed by New York to a minor league deal in May, fired six scoreless innings as the Mets defeated the Clearwater Threshers 5-0 at Spectrum Field.
The two-time MLB All Star had his second start on Saturday in Lakeland cut short by rain. Santana returned on short rest Wednesday and only needed 79 pitches to breeze through his outing. He held the Threshers to four hits while walking two and striking out six.
Mets reliever Ezequiel Zabaleta did not allow a hit over the final three innings to get his third save.
The Mets scored the only run they needed in the first inning when Jacob Zanon pummeled a home run to left field. It was his fourth homer of the season.
Mitch Ghelfi hit a run-scoring ground out in the fourth inning and Manny Rodriguez followed with a RBI single to make it 3-0.
Carlos Cortes blooped a two-run single into right field in the seventh to put the Mets ahead 5-0.
Cortes went 2 for 4 with a walk, two RBI and a run.
Zanon also went 2 for 4. Jeremy Vasquez was 2 for 5 with a double.
Clearwater starter Andrew Brown took the loss. He was knocked around for five hits and three runs in five innings.
Threshers first baseman Alec Bohm went 1 for 1 with a double and three walks.
The Mets snapped a four-game losing streak.
The Mets (31-33) and Threshers (35-29) play the third game of their series at Spectrum Field on Wednesday. First pitch is 10:30 a.m.
• Discuss this story on the Florida State League message board...
Florida State League Stories from June 11, 2019
- Blue Jays Batter Florida in Twin Bill Sweep - Florida Fire Frogs
- Stanton Homers, But Fort Myers Sweeps Doubleheader - Tampa Tarpons
- Seven-Run Second Leads 'Tugas over Tigers, 9-4 - Daytona Tortugas
- Ervin Santana, Zabaleta Combine for 5-0 Shutout - St. Lucie Mets
- Miracle Clinch South Division Title - Fort Myers Miracle
- Stone Crabs and Marauders Suspended in Third Inning - Charlotte Stone Crabs
- Magic Number to Clinch South Division Is 1 - Fort Myers Miracle
- Stone Crabs Game Notes - Tue, June 11 vs Bradenton - Charlotte Stone Crabs
- Dunedin Looks to Clinch with a Win against the Fire Frogs - Dunedin Blue Jays
- Fort Myers Miracle Welcome Stanley from the Office to Hammond Stadium on June 28 - Fort Myers Miracle
- OF/DH Giancarlo Stanton to Rejoin Tarpons on Rehab Assignment - Tampa Tarpons
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.