PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (May 22, 2014) - The St. Lucie Mets defeated the Clearwater Threshers for the third straight time with a 6-4 victory on Thursday at Tradition Field.
The Mets, who have won four in a row and six of their last seven games, will go for the sweep on Friday.
Alex Panteliodis earned the victory for St. Lucie in his season debut. The former Florida Gator limited the Threshers to two runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out five and did not walk a batter while throwing 87 pitches.
With the game tied 2-2 in the sixth, Cam Maron, Jairo Perez and Cole Frenzel hit back-to-back-to-back RBI singles to put the Mets up 5-2. T.J. Rivera doubled home Dilson Herrera in the seventh to make it 6-2.
The Threshers scored two runs off of Chase Huchingson in the eighth, but Huchingson struck out Brian Pointer as the tying run to end the threat. Huchingson was making his first appearance of the season.
Beck Wheeler worked a perfect ninth with two strike outs to earn his sixth save.
Colin Kleven took the loss for the Threshers, who are a MiLB worst 9-35. Kleven was strong through the first five innings, allowing just an RBI ground out in the first and a solo home run to Brandon Nimmo in the third. But the Mets tagged him for five hits and three runs in the sixth.
The Mets got on the board in the first inning. Herrera hit a ground ball that deflected off the third base bag for a double. He moved to third on Nimmo's ground out and came home on a ground out from Rivera.
The Threshers took a brief 2-1 lead in the second. Art Charles dropped a double just inside fair territory down the right field line. Phillip Evans tried to throw him out at second, but the throw skipped across the field towards the Mets bullpen and Charles scored to tie the game. After a couple of singles by Gabriel Lino and Pointer, Nick Ferdinand grounded out to force in a run and give the Threshers the lead.
Nimmo tied the game with a two-out solo home run in the third. It was has third homer of the season.
The Mets added their three runs in the sixth and held on down the stretch.
Rivera went 2 for 4 with two RBIs. He leads the Florida State League with 40 runs driven in.
The Mets (28-19) are now 2.5 games ahead of the Fort Myers Miracle for first place in the Florida State League South Division. Their series finale against the Threshers on Friday comes at 6:30 p.m. at Tradition Field. All active and retired military personnel are invited to attend the game for free. All that is needed is an ID to be shown at the box office.
The game will be broadcast on WSPL 1590 AM with the Voice of the Mets Adam MacDonald.