PORT ST. LUCIE, FLA- Matt Bowman and T.J. Chism combined for a one-hit shutout as the Mets cruised past the Brevard County Manatees 4-0 on Tuesday at Tradition Field.
Bowman(2-0) pitched seven scoreless innings and allowed just one hit while striking out nine and walking one. Bowman retired the final 12 batters he faced and retired the side in order five times. He allowed just a two-out single to Manatees centerfielder Chadwin Stang into left in the third inning.
Chism retired all six batters in two scoreless innings and fanned three.
The Mets jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first on a two-run single to left by shortstop Brandon Hicks, who played in his first game with St. Lucie. Dustin Lawley's two-run double off the glove of Manatees third baseman T.J. Mittelstaedt to left scored T.J. Rivera and Hicks in the third inning.
Rivera finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored while Hicks also went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs.
The Mets will visit the host Manatees on Wednesday at Space Coast Stadium at 6:35 p.m. Alex Panteliodis is the scheduled starter for the Mets.