PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (September 2, 2016) - The St. Lucie Mets are playoff bound!
The Mets defeated the Jupiter Hammerheads 9-2 on Friday at Tradition Field to win the Florida State League South Division's second half. It is the first playoff berth for the Mets since 2012. The team has never missed the playoffs four years in a row in its 29-year history and that trend will continue. It's the first time the Mets have won the second half of the division since 2007.
The Mets will host the Bradenton Marauders at Tradition Field on Tuesday for game 1 of the South Division Series. It will be a best 2-out-of-3. Games 2 and 3 (if necessary) will be in Bradenton on Wednesday and Thursday. First pitch on Tuesday is 6:30 p.m. Playoff tickets are available only in person at the box office beginning Saturday noon.
On Friday, the Mets pounded out 14 hits. David Thompson hit a solo home run in the seventh inning and then jacked a two-run homer in the eighth to put the game away.
P.J. Conlon fired five scoreless innings and got the win.
The Mets score four runs over the first two innings. Kevin Taylor's RBI ground out in the first made it 1-0. John Mora smoked a run-scoring triple in the second and Jhoan Urena followed with a RBI double.
That was plenty for Conlon. He only gave up an infield hit and three walks. He struck out seven.
Alex Palsha pitched two hitless and scoreless innings. Ben Griset tossed a perfect eighth.
The Hammerheads didn't collect their second hit until the ninth inning. The Mets entered the ninth inning up 9-0.
Thompson and John Mora had three hits apiece. Mora also homered and finished a double shy of the cycle.
Next Up: The Mets host the Hammerheads again at Tradition Field on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
For the Fans: Saturday is a special edition of Dollar Night with $2 draft beer, $1 hot dogs, $1 soda and $1 popcorn.