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Wild finish at Clover Park, Mets walk off Tarpons 9-8

St. Lucie Mets

April 20, 2024 – Florida State League (FSL)
St. Lucie Mets news story

HARBOR ST. LUCIE, Fla. – The Lucie Mets won a wild 9-8 game against the Tampa Tarpons on Saturday night at Clover Park in front of 2,842 fans.

The Mets scored two runs in the eighth and two more runs in the ninth for the walk-off victory. It was their second walk-off victory in eight home games and their third ninth-inning comeback of the season.

Trailing 8-7 in the ninth, Colin Houck started the Mets’ winning rally with a leadoff double against Art Warren. Ronald Hernandez followed with a walk and ball four came on a pitch clock violation by Warren. That brought up Jesus Baez, who singled into left field. Houck stopped at third base, but left fielder Dayro Perez threw the ball away toward home plate, allowing Houck to score the tying run and pinch runner Donovan Antonia to run to third base.

Vincent Perozo hit the next pitch up the middle. It tipped the glove of shortstop Roderick Arias, who picked up the ball and threw it to third base instead of home. Antonia scored with ease, ending the match and starting the victory celebration.

Yohairo Cuevas gave the Mets a much-needed spark with a two-run, two-out double in the eighth to cut the Tampa lead from 8-5 to 8-7.

Wilson Lopez kept the game at one run by leaving a runner on third base in a scoreless top of the ninth.

The Mets fell behind early as Tampa scored five runs in the second and two more in the third to build a 7–2 lead. Tampa DH George Lombard Jr. recorded hits of two runs and two outs in each inning.

The Mets began their slow comeback with Chris Suero’s 400-foot solo home run in the fourth. It was his first home run of the season.

Perozo hit an RBI double in the fifth to make it a 7-5 game. The double extended Perozo’s hitting streak to six games.

Mets starter Zach Thornton needed just five pitches to get through the first inning, but ran into trouble in the second. A key passed ball extended the inning and he was limited to 1.2 innings that night. Four of the five runs Thornton allowed were unearned.

Jawilme Ramirez chipped in 3.1 innings of relief. He held the Tarpons to two runs on three hits. Candido Cuevas escaped bases full of jams in the sixth and seventh inning to keep the Mets within reach.

The Mets (6-8) and Tarpons (4-10) complete their six-game series on Sunday. The Mets are aiming for the series victory. The first pitch is scheduled for 12:10 p.m

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