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Tocci Doubles in 5-3 Loss to Mets

June 16, 2015 - Florida State League (FSL) - Clearwater Threshers News Release

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Carlos Tocci picked up his first hit and first RBI in a Threshers uniform in his High-A debut on Tuesday, but the Clearwater Threshers suffered their second-straight loss to the St. Lucie Mets, 5-3 on Tuesday night at Bright House Field.

Tocci, the Phillies No. 5 prospect entering this season, finished 1-for-5, doubling home a run in the sixth inning.

The Daytona Tortugas, who sit in first place in the FSL North, lost in walk-off fashion at Fort Myers, so the Threshers remain alive in the first-half race. Clearwater would need to win each of its last five games, combined with Daytona loss in the last five, in order to clinch the North.

St. Lucie (34-31) jumped on Matt Imhof for four runs in the top of the third on Tuesday.

Jeff Glenn led off with a double on a 2-0 pitch, opening a string of three straight hits to start the inning which left St. Lucie up 1-0. Maikis De La Cruz walked to load the bases, and Matt Oberste then jumped on the first pitch he saw and sent a sac fly to right, resulting in the first out and a 2-0 Mets lead.

Dominic Smith and Amed Rosario connected for back-to-back singles to push the deficit to 4-0, and end the day early for Imhof.

Imhof was tagged for four runs on six hits and two walks in his 2.1 innings.

Miguel Nunez worked 3.2 innings in relief for Clearwater and surrendered only an unearned run. Paul Clemens, who was just added from Lehigh Valley on Tuesday, worked two scoreless while Cody Forsythe added a shutout ninth.

Clearwater (32-33) broke through offensively in the bottom of the sixth. Trailing 5-0, Mitch Walding and Angelo Mora delivered a pair of two-out singles, and Drew Stankieiwcz pulled a base hit through the right side to plate Walding with Clearwater's first run.

Tocci followed by stinging a hard grounder just to the right of the shortstop Rosario, and Tocci hustled into second with a double. Mora crossed the plate on the hit to cut the deficit to three.

Andrew Knapp worked a walk to load the bases and knock starter John Gant (1-0) from the game, but Edioglis Villasmil got Dylan Cozens to ground out to end the threat.

Clearwater will have a quick turnaround before game three of the series, as the Threshers host St. Lucie on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Yacksel Rios (1-2) is scheduled to take the hill opposed by Miller Diaz (4-4). The call can be heard live on the Threshers Broadcast Network starting at 12:45 p.m.

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