The St. Lucie Mets returned home to Digital Domain Park and edged out the Palm Beach Cardinals 3-2 in ten innings to improve to 21-10 on Monday night.
The game was a classic pitcher's duel. Palm Beach starter and top prospect Shelby Miller went up against Darin Gorski for the Mets. New York Mets reliever Bobby Parnell got the start for the Mets in a rehab assignment and worked a scoreless first inning before giving way to Gorski. Gorski matched Miller frame for frame through the next five innings. The Cardinals got on the board first capitalizing on a defensive miscue to lead off the fourth inning. Palm Beach got a sacrifice fly to go ahead 1-0. The Mets evened the score in the fifth inning when Cesar Puello reached on an error scoring Rafael Fernandez from second base to make it a 1-1 game. Another fielding error leading off the sixth inning gave the Cardinals the opportunity to make it a 2-1 game which they did on an RBI double but Francisco Pena had an answer in the bottom of the seventh inning belting his first home run of the season, a solo shot tying the game 2-2. The score would remain tied heading into the bottom of the tenth inning. Fernandez led the inning off with a single and was advance to second on a sacrifice bunt by Rylan Sandoval setting the stage for Cesar Puello. Puello doubled down the third base line scoring Fernandez easily from second giving the Mets the 3-2 walk-off win.
Darin Gorski was solid tossing five innings allowing two runs, both unearned while striking out eight batters. Ronny Morla pitched the seventh and eighth innings allowing only two hits while striking out three and John Church got the win improving to 3-0 with two scoreless frames and two strikeouts.
Rafael Fernandez led the Mets with three hits and two runs scored on the night. Cesar Puello drove in a pair and Francisco Pena had an RBI and run scored on his solo home run to lead the Mets to the 3-2 victory.
St. Lucie kicks off a four-game series with the Lakeland Flying Tigers Tuesday night at Digital Domain Park. Matt Harvey makes his seventh start of the season for the Mets. Harvey comes into the contest with a 4-1 record and 1.10 ERA. He leads the team with 39 strikeouts while walking 11 holding opposing batters to a .207 batting average covering 32.2 innings of work.
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