The Game: Despite taking an early lead, the Charlotte Stone Crabs fell to the St. Lucie Mets 3-2 in extra innings at Tradition Field. The Stone Crabs took the lead right at the start, putting up two runs in the first inning. John Matulia led off the game by drawing a walk and then later scored on an RBI triple by Drew Anderson. Anderson then scored on a ground ball by Nevin Ashley to give the Stone Crabs a 2-0 lead.
The Mets cut the lead in half in the bottom of the seventh inning. Brahiam Maldonado went deep with a solo home run off Jesse Darcy to bring the Mets to within one run of the lead, 2-1. The Mets struck again in the home half of the eighth. Kirk Nieuwenhuis delivered a solo home run to tie the game at two and force extra innings.
The game remained tied until the tenth inning when the Mets once again went to the long ball. Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit his second home run of the night to give the Mets the 2-2 victory in extra innings.
Brian Flores pitched 5 1/3 shut-out innings and allowed only 1 hit while striking out 5 and walking 3. Jesse Darcy allowed 3 solo home runs and was charged with the loss, surrendering 3 runs on 5 hits and struck out 2 in 4 innings worked. Josh Stinson picked up the win for St. Lucie.
What Went Right: Brian Flores; pitched a no-hitter through 5 innings before allowing the only hit in the 5 1/3 innings on the mound.
What Went Wrong: Matt Hall; 0-4 with 4 K’s.
A Look Ahead: The Stone Crabs and Mets wrap up the series on Wednesday night at Tradition Field. Jake McGee (0-1) will get the start for Charlotte against Scott Moviel (1-5) for St. Lucie.