Jupiter, FL (May 13, 2017)- The Jupiter Hammerheads had a chance to claim their first sweep of an opponent this season, but couldn't deliver in a ten inning loss to the Mets Saturday night.
Jeff Locke (0-0, 1.00 ERA) made his second rehab start for the Hammerheads and was "locked in" from the get go. The lefty tossed five innings, allowing five hits, while striking out seven Mets batters. The lone run was a solo homer in the fifth by Nick Sergakis.
Locke may now head up to the big club and make his Marlins debut sooner rather than later, as Wei-Yin Chen had a set-back Saturday during a bullpen session. The Marlins are now in need of a lefty starter as it was announced Chen will be out indefinitely, with Locke being his possible replacement.
Jupiter got on the board first in the third inning, when Kyle Barrett came around to score on Brad Haynal's single to left. St. Lucie answered back in the fifth on Sergakis' homerun, tying the game at one.
The game remained deadlocked until the 10th, when Mets' Designated Hitter Jeff Diehl hit a sacrifice fly to center scoring the go-ahead run. Wuilmer Becerra followed that up with a two-run single to give St. Lucie a three run cushion and the win.
Cody Poteet (2-2, 2.39 ERA) came out of the bullpen and got himself into a few jams late in the game. The Mets put two runners on in the 8th with two outs, and Jose Urena coming to the plate. Urena hit a single to right field with Vinny Siena rounding third heading for home. Hammerheads' Right Fielder Dexter Kjerstad threw a bullet to catcher Rodrigo Vigil, who tagged out Siena to keep the game tied and ending the inning.
The Mets, however, would load the bases in the ninth with no outs. Poteet struck out Sergakis, got Siena to pop out, and Enmanuel Zabala to fly out ending the threat.
Poteet did get charged with all three runs in the 10th, picking up his second loss on the season.
The Hammerheads did get a baserunner on in the tenth when Brad Haynal walked, but he was left stranded when John Silviano struck out to end the game.
The Hammerheads will be off on Mother's Day, but return to action Monday as the away team at Roger Dean Stadium. It'll be round two of the "Fins and Feathers" rivalry, as Jupiter will play a four game series with Palm Beach. The Cardinals won two out of three the first time these teams met back in April.
Manager Kevin "Smoke" Randel will send Lefty Scott Squier (1-5, 5.77 ERA) to the mound for game one. Palm Beach will counter with righty Jake Woodford (1-2, 3.52 ERA).
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