With a 23-16 second half record, the Port St. Lucie Mets head into today’s action locked in a first place tie in the FSL Southern Division with the Charlotte Stone Crabs. On Saturday, St. Lucie won their second straight decision over the Clearwater Threshers. The teams will play Game Three of a four game series this afternoon with Rainy Lara on the mound for the Mets. He will be opposed by Clearwater’s Hoby Milner.
Since his promotion from Savannah, Rainy Lara has made ten appearances and nine starts for St. Lucie. He brings a 4-3 record, and a 2.88 ERA into today’s game after 56.1 innings pitched. His 1.243 WHiP with the PSL Mets currently stands as his four year high. Rainy has an overall 8-5 combined record this season with a 2.19 ERA. He has ninety-three strikeouts in 107 total innings pitched, with a 1.075 WHiP.
The Mets shut out Clearwater in Friday night’s contest by a 4-0 score. Alex Panteliodis made the start, and pitched 6.1 innings for the win. In improving his record to 6-4 on the season, he allowed the Threshers no runs on six hits, walked one and struck out six. Lucas Duda played left field and batted third. He went 3 for 3 at the plate, with a home run and three runs batted in.
In Saturday’s contest, the Mets pounded out thirteen hits and eleven runs against three Clearwater pitchers. Catcher Cam Maron went 3 for 5 at the plate, with three runs batted in. Jayce Boyd also had three RBI for the Mets. Lucas Duda had one hit in four trips to the plate, drew a walk and scored twice. Starter Michael Fulmer pitched six innings, allowed three earned runs on three hits, walked four and struck out four before departing the game. Relievers Angel Cuan and T.J. Chism combined on the final three innings, allowing one hit and striking out four.
Jonathon Niese last pitched on August 1st, tossing four innings against the Tampa Yankees. He allowed just two hits, walked one and struck out four batters.
In six games and twenty-four at-bats for the PSL Mets, Lucas Duda has seven hits, two doubles, one home run and five runs batted in. But, he has struck out a disturbing seven times against class-A level pitching.