And then there was one. The Lucies were eliminated by the Jupiter Hammerheads last night in a wild game that saw a lot of crooked numbers posted. This leaves Brooklyn as the only Mets affiliate standing in the playoffs. They begin their series with the Hudson Valley Renegades tonight in Coney Island.
Jupiter 11, St. Lucie 7
Chase Huchingson just didn’t have it. By the time he was lifted in the fourth, the Lucies were in a 6-1 hole, and it looked as if the season was over right then and there. However the Mets roared back in the fifth, scoring five times, keyed by Richard Lucas’ (3 for 4) two run double. The momentum surge was not to last, as the Hammerheads responded immediately with three runs off John Church, who took the loss after picking up Wednesday night’s win. That was pretty much the final nail in the coffin. Jupiter tacked on a few more for insurance, and Cesar Puello (2 for 4, two runs scored) homered to lead off the ninth, but St. Lucie just didn’t have another offensive surge in them. This was going to be a series keyed by the offenses; Jupiter’s just got more hits when they needed them. The four Lucie errors didn’t help either. Alonzo Harris continued his strong showing, going 2 for 5 with a solo homer, two RBI and two runs scored. Also of note, Danny Muno was 3 for 5 with a run and two RBI.
This was a solid St. Lucie team, and it will be interesting to see how the fellas progress as I imagine a lot of them will cross the threshold at some point next year and hit the high minors in Binghamton. Puello, Harris, Muno, Lucas, Darrell Ceciliani, Cory Vaughn, Tyler Pill, Cory Mazzoni, Jack Leathersitch, Hamilton Bennet – there are plenty of names to follow with a fair amount of promise. Hopefully you got to learn a little bit about them through these posts, and we all hope to hear from them in Queens soon enough.
So it’s Brooklyn that’s left. The light hitting but hard throwing Cyclones will begin their series tonight in Brooklyn (where yours truly will be in attendance), then the action will shift up river to Hudson Valley. Should be a good one. Stay tuned….