PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (April 29, 2014) - The Charlotte Stone Crabs jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, defeating the St. Lucie Mets 11-2 on Tuesday at Tradition Field.
Thomas Coyle hit a home run as the second batter of the game, and Josh Sale went 3 for 5 with a two-run homer and a triple for the Stone Crabs.
Gabriel Ynoa was roughed up for seven runs, all earned, on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings for the Mets.
The Stone Crabs scored a run in every inning except the third and seventh. It was only 3-0 with two outs in the fourth, but Ynoa could not finish off the Crabs. Justin O'Conner belted a two-run double and Sale followed with his home run to make it 7-0.
The Mets got a run back in the fifth when Aderlin Rodriguez hit his fourth homer in six games on the first pitch he saw from Crabs starter Austin Pruitt.
Other than allowing the Rodriguez home run, Pruitt was terrific for the Crabs. Without, hitting 90 mph on the radar gun, Pruitt was able to navigate his way through the best hitting lineup in the Florida State League. He gave up just three hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out three.
Charlotte got another two-out, two-run base hit in the eighth inning by Patrick Leonard to make it 10-1. The Crabs added four hits and one run in the ninth inning against Ryan Fraser to finish the scoring at 11-2.
Charlotte had 17 hits in the game.
Dilson Herrera went 2 for 5 and was the only Mets player with a multi hit game.
FSL batting average leaders Brandon Nimmo and T.J. Rivera were held hitless. Nimmo worked a walk.
The Mets (14-11) and Stone Crabs (11-14) face off in the rubber game of the three-game series on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. It's All You Can Eat and a Seat at Tradition Field. For just $15 fans can get a ticket, plus all you can eat hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage, pulled pork sandwiches, macaroni salad, chips, $1 soda and water and $2 beer.