Hammerheads split doubleheader against Mets

By Abby Piper / Photo Credit: Ryan Dowd of Blue Leprechaun Photography / Jupiter Hammerheads | May 7, 2019 11:27 PM

After a rainout Monday night, the Jupiter Hammerheads tallied one win and one loss in a doubleheader against the St. Lucie Mets on Tuesday night.

Game 1:

In the first game of a doubleheader against the St. Lucie Mets, the Hammerheads pulled off a 2-1 win in an extra eighth inning of play.

A sacrifice fly from James Nelson batted in Victor Victor Mesa for an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first.

In his fifth start of the season, lefty Braxton Garrett pitched a solid game to help his team win. In 5.2 innings, the longest the 2016 #1 Draft Pick has pitched this year, he allowed only one tying run in the third. He finished his start with that singular run, just one hit and seven strikeouts, lowering his ERA to 3.91.

Vincenzo Aiello closed the game with another scoreless outing on the mound, his eighth of the season. His 2.1 innings of relief earned him the win, making his record 2-1, and gave the Hammerheads the chance to win in the bottom of the eighth.

In extra innings, a double from Lazaro Alonso, who has gone 7 for 11 in his last four games after an eight game hitting drought, batted in placed runner Riley Mahan for a walk-off Jupiter win, 2-1.

Game 2:

Entering game two with one win on the day already, Jupiter lost to the Mets, 2-0.

Another first round draft pick, Trevor Rogers started on the mound for game two. The 2017 draftee struck out eight, nearly doubling his season total, which was ten before tonight's game. However, he also allowed all 2 runs the Mets needed to win the game. After five innings pitched, he finished: 4H / 2 R / 2 BB / 8 K.

An early homerun from the Mets in the first, followed by a triple that eventually scored in the fourth gave the mets the 2-0 lead they needed to win the game.

Reliever Josh Roeder held off the Mets for the rest of the game, allowing only one hit and striking out two in his two innings of relief.

The Hammerheads went hit-for-hit with the Mets, but they never bat one in. In the bottom of the seventh Jupiter tried for a late rally with singles from Connor Grant and Micah Brown, but the two were left on base and the game finished in an 0-2 loss.

The Hammerheads will finish off the series tomorrow night at 6:30 pm at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. For tickets, go to jupiterhammerheads.com/tickets.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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