St. Lucie 5, Charlotte 2
With their backs against the proverbial wall, the St. Luice Mets staved off playoff elimination for at least one more day following a rare solid performance from starting pitcher Domingo Tapia in a 5-2 victory over first-place Charlotte at Tradition Field on Monday night. The win also halted their six-game losing streak.
The Mets, who are one game away from being bounced out of contention for the postseason, broke open a 2-2 tie with three runs in the eighth inning, and closer T.J. Chism held the Stone Crabs scoreless in the ninth inning to preserve Tapia’s gem. Second baseman T.J. Rivera and outfielder Dustin Lawley each finished with two hits and a pair of RBI for St. Lucie (67-59), which pulled within five games of Charlotte (64-62) for the top spot in the FSL South Division.
Rivera continued his torrid play with a two-run homer in the first inning — his second long ball of the season — to give the Mets an early advantage. Both of his home runs have come ...