Tortugas Unable to Topple Mets, 6-1
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - The Mets picked up two more home runs on Saturday night, as St. Lucie used a three-run third inning to jump by the Daytona Tortugas, 6-1, at First Data Field.
Daytona (21-30, 56-60) was able to snag an early advantage for the second-straight evening. C Hendrik Clementina (1-4, R) reached on an error with one out and RF Lorenzo Cedrola (1-4) and LF Drew Mount (1-3, SO) got aboard with consecutive infield singles. DH Brian Rey (0-3, RBI, SO) proceeded to collect his first Florida State League RBI on a fielder's choice, giving the Tortugas a 1-0 lead.
However, St. Lucie (34-17, 66-51) jump in front for good in the bottom of the third. A single by C Dan Rizzie (1-4, R SO) began the frame and a fielding error enabled 3B Cody Bohanek (1-2, 2 R, BB) to reach. Following a sacrifice bunt, 2B Blake Tiberi (1-3, R, 2 RBI, BB, 2 SO) poked a two-run knock to center to put the Mets ahead, 2-1. After a hit-by-pitch and a double steal, Tiberi crossed on a wild pitch to make it a 3-1 contest.
From that point on, the Mets utilized the long ball. In the bottom of the sixth, DH Carlos Cortés (1-4, R, HR, RBI, 2 SO) led off the inning by whacking a shot around the right-field foul pole for a solo home run. The former third-round pick's 10th homer of the year put St. Lucie in front, 4-1.
In the seventh, Bohanek put himself on with a one-out infield single. CF Hansel Moreno (1-2, R, HR, 2 RBI) then proceeded to launch a towering two-run blast beyond the berm in right. The switch-hitter's third Florida State League blast made it a 6-1 edge for St. Lucie.
RHP Tylor Megill (5.0 IP, 4 H, R, BB, 8 SO) was solid for the Mets on Saturday. The 24-year-old punched out eight and issued just one unearned run over five innings to collect his third victory in the circuit.
Daytona's RHP Ryan Lillie (6.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO) garnered his second-consecutive quality start. However, the 23-year-old was saddled with his seventh loss.
The series will come to a conclusion on Sunday afternoon, as Daytona looks to avoid the sweep. RHP Aaron Fossas (0-1, 2.70 ERA) is expected to take the hill in the series finale for the Tortugas. St. Lucie is scheduled to counter with RHP Kyle Wilson (4-7, 3.87 ERA).
The Tortugas Pre-Game Show will kick off the broadcast at 11:45 a.m. ET, leading up to the 12:00 p.m. ET start at First Data Field. Sunday afternoon's matinee can be heard on www.daytonatortugas.com or via the TuneIn Radio and MiLB First Pitch apps.
Following the brief road trip, Daytona will return home to begin a four-game series against the top prospect in baseball - SS Wander Franco - and the Charlotte Stone Crabs, the High-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, on Monday, August 12. Fans are encouraged to come hungry as it will be a Belly Buster Monday presented by Marco's Pizza. Starting at just $13, fans can enjoy all-you-can-eat hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, and popcorn. The Tortugas will also host Taste of Daytona Night at the park with local eateries around Daytona Beach and Volusia County will hand out samples along the Riverwalk.
Multi-game plans and single-game tickets are still currently available and can be purchased online at www.daytonatortugas.com, or by calling the Tortugas' Ticket Office at (386) 257-3172.
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