Mets Shut out Hammerheads
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Merandy Gonzalez pitch seven excellent innings to lead the St. Lucie Mets to a 5-0 victory over the Jupiter Hammerheads on camp day at First Data Field on Wednesday.
Gonzalez scattered four singles and walked one batter. He struck out four batters while throwing 97 pitches. With the Mets bullpen taxed, Gonzalez saved the Mets pen out by retiring the final 10 batters he faced to get through seven.
Austin McGeorge struck out two in the eighth and Craig Missigman induced a game-ending double play in the ninth to complete the Mets seventh shutout of the year.
The Mets scored all the runs they needed in the first inning. The first three batters reached to load the bases with no outs. Peter Alonso grounded a ball under the glove of third baseman Brian Schales to bring home John Mora and Anthony Dimino for a 2-0 lead.
Tim Tebow capped the scoring in the inning with a RBI single to plate Jhoan Urena.
The Mets carried the 3-0 lead to the bottom of the eighth inning. Alonso belted a one-out solo home run to right field to make it 4-0. It was Alonso's 10th home run in 50 total games. He became the first St. Lucie player since Jairo Perez in 2014 to reach double digit home runs.
Tebow ripped a double later in the eighth to send pinch runner Nick Sergakis to third. Sergakis came home on a Michael Paez sac fly to make it 5-0.
Tebow went 2 for 4 and was the only Met with a multi-hit game. He's batting .306 through 22 games.
Jupiter starter Ben Meyer took the loss despite not giving up an earned run in five innings.
The Mets have won three in a row and six of their last eight.
The Mets (11-15, 44-50) and Hammerheads (13-13, 46-48) conclude their series at First Data Field on Thursday. First pitch on Dollar Night is 6:30 p.m.
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