LAKELAND, Fla. (June 9, 2017) - Friday's game between the St. Lucie Mets and Lakeland Flying Tigers was suspended in the top 12th inning with the teams tied 5-5.
A downpour hit Joker Marchant Stadium before a pitch was thrown in the 12th and the tarp was not put on the field in time, turning the playing surface into mud. The game will resume on Saturday at 5 p.m.
The Mets held a 5-2 lead at the seventh inning stretch and a 5-3 lead entering the bottom of the ninth but could not put the game away.
Elvis Rubio hit a solo home run off of Johnny Magliozzi to start the bottom of the ninth to make it 5-4.
With one on and one out in the inning the Mets turned to closer Tyler Bashlor. He struck out Ben Verlander for the second out. David Gonzalez singled to keep the game alive. Then with two strikes, Will Maddox beat out an infield single to bring home the tying run and keep the game going.
Bashlor fanned Arvicent Perez with two runners on to force extra innings.
The Mets scored four runs in the top of seventh to erase a 2-1 deficit and take a 5-2 lead. Jhoan Urena doubled to plate John Mora to tie the game. Patrick Mazeika followed with a RBI single to put the Mets ahead 3-2. Peter Alonso launched a ball into the lights that center fielder Jose Azocar lost. Alonso was credited with RBI double, and a throwing error brought home Wuilmer Becerra to make it 5-2 Mets.
Dale Burdick is a home run shy of the cycle. He singled, tripled and doubled in his first three plate appearances. In two at-bats since Burdick has grounded out twice.
Mets starter Joseph Shaw pitched six innings and gave up just two runs. Both runs scored on a two-out, two-out single by Wade Hinkle in the sixth.
The Mets (30-28) and Flying Tigers (23-33) will play a nine-inning game Saturday after the conclusion of the suspended game.
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