PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (April 9, 2018) - Three Tampa Tarpons pitchers held the St. Lucie Mets to one hit in a 5-1 victory on Monday at First Data Field.
Tarpons starter Nick Green pitched five effective innings, limiting the Mets to a single and an unearned run. Phillip Diehl pitched two innings of relief. Matt Frawley retired all six batters he faced to end the game, including four on strikeouts.
The Mets lone hit was a Gene Cone single that landed just out of the reach of left fielder Isiah Gilliam in the fifth inning.
Tampa jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Brandon Wagner doubled and Gilliam knocked him home with a single.
Yankees top prospect Estevan Florial ripped a two-run single in the third to put the Tarpons up 3-0.
The Mets scored their only run in the bottom of the third. Ian Strom reached on an error, stole second, went to third on a ground out and took home on a passed ball.
Hoy Jun Park and Gilliam each hit a solo home run to finish the scoring for the Tarpons.
Mets starter Gary Cornish took the tough-luck loss. He allowed three runs, only one earned, in five innings.
The Mets (1-4) and Tarpons (3-2) continue their series at First Data Field on Tuesday. First pitch is 6:30 p.m.
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