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Mets break 55-year-old K mark for futility
09/04/2005 2:30 PM ET
St. Lucie broke a 55-year-old Florida State League record for team strikeouts when the Mets fanned 13 times Sunday afternoon.

The team recorded 1,197 Ks this season. Blake Whealy wore the golden sombrero and Aaron Hathaway notched a hat trick in the Mets' 12-6 loss to the Dodgers.

The stage was set for the dubious mark against Vero Beach starter Julio Cesar Pimente when Aaron Hathaway took a called third strike in the first, Whealy fanned swinging in the second and Dante Brinkley swung and missed for the first out of the third.

With Jarod Plummer on in relief for the Dodgers, Whealy was punched out looking to end the frame and break the mark set of 1,187 set in 1950.

The Mets tacked on nine more before the game ended. Sean McCraw whiffed swinging in the fourth. Hathaway went down looking for the second time an inning later. Whealy fanned again in the sixth, immediately followed by Tyler Davidson.

The Dodgers sent Casey Hoorelbeke to the mound in the seventh. Hathaway went down for the third time and Jamar Hill ended the inning with a swing and a miss.

All three St. Lucie hitters whiffed in the eighth against reliever Wesley Wright -- Whealy to wear the golden sombrero, plus Emmanuel Garcia and Brinkley. No Mets did in the ninth against closer Kyle Wilson.

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