The Jupiter Hammerheads raced out to 6-1 lead through four innings on their way to a 11-7 win over St. Lucie to take the Florida State League South Division Series 2-1 and eliminate St. Lucie, team record for wins and all, from the FSL playoffs.
Down 6-1 in the fourth, the Mets rallied for five runs in the bottom of the fifth to forge a 6-6 tie. 2B TJ Rivera, CF Cesar Puello and LF Alonzo Harris began the frame with singles, and then Danny Muno brought home two runs with a triple to rightcenter and 1B Richard Lucas brought home two more with a double to leftcenter.
The tie was short-lived however, as Jupiter scored three times off reliever John Church in the top of the sixth. Church was ejected from the game after he was removed.
The Mets found themselves in the big early hole because LHP Chase Huchingson was roughed up for six runs, all earned on seven hits in three and a third innings. The Mets committed four early, so the defense was not helpful.
From the nine-hole, Puello was 2-for-4 with a solo homerun in the ninth. Muno was 3-for-5 with a double, a triple and two RBI. Harris was 2-for-5 with a homer in the third inning and one of St. Lucie’s four errors. Harris and Muno are certainly ticketed for double-A to start 2013. Puello, with a good performance in the Arizona Fall League can lock in his spot as well.
The Cyclones, who begin their playoff run Friday night, are now the only Mets’ affiliate still playing.