LAKELAND, Fla. (May 18, 2017) - Steven Matz and Seth Lugo made successful season debuts as they began rehab assignments with the St. Lucie Mets on Thursday.
Unfortunately for the Mets, their offense went quiet in a 2-1 loss to the Flying Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium.
Matz (elbow) started the game and pitched three innings. He allowed one run on two hits. He walked two and struck out three. Wade Hinkle hit a two-out RBI single up the middle in the first inning. Matz would bounce back and pitch a perfect second inning.
Lugo (elbow) took over in the fourth and pitched 3.2 scoreless innings. He gave up a pair of singles and didn't walk or strikeout anyone. Lugo retired nine of the last 10 batters he faced.
Matz threw 53 pitches while Lugo tossed 42. Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (wrist) caught Lugo and Matz for their duration and finished out the seventh inning behind the plate. He went 2 for 4 with two singles in his first rehab game.
Wuilmer Becerra led off the seventh with a single. He scored to tie the game 1-1 on Dale Burdick's RBI double.
Lakeland broke the tie in the eighth. Cameron Griffin started the inning by walking Ross Kivett. Three batters later Hinkle laced a single into center field to bring home Kivett from third for a 2-1 lead.
Patrick Mazeika led off the top of the ninth with a walk, but Gerson Moreno settled down and stranded pinch runner J.C. Rodriguez on second base when he struck out Burdick to end the game.
Burdick, Becerra and d'Arnaud had two hits apiece. Vinny Siena had the only other hit for the Mets. John Mora's 13-game hitting streak ended after he finished 0 for 4.
Lakeland starter Matt Hall shut out the Mets over six innings.
The Mets (18-23) return home on Friday to start a three-game series against the Dunedin Blue Jays. First pitch at First Data Field is 6:30 p.m.
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