from press release:
The St. Lucie Mets could not pull off a come from behind victory Sunday afternoon against the Lakeland Flying Tigers. The 7-5 loss drops the Mets to 18-19 on the second half of the season and 51-54 overall.
Jeurys Familia got the start for the Mets and struggled early. The Flying Tigers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning and Familia had to get out of a two on, one out jam in the second inning. The Mets evened the score in the bottom of the second when Hector Pellot scored on a fielding error. After a smooth third and fourth inning, the Flying Tigers got to Familia for four runs. Familia would leave the game after the fifth inning with the Mets trailing 5-1. After Lakeland extended their lead to 6-1, the Mets stormed back in the bottom of the eighth inning. Wilmer Flores drove in Michael Moras to make it 6-2 which was followed by an RBI double by Jordany Valdespin cutting the lead to 6-3. Stefan Welch pulled the Mets to within one run with a two-run home run making it a 6-5 game. That would be as close as the Mets would get. The Flying Tigers tacked on an insurance run in the top of the ninth and the Mets stranded two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth ending the chance of a comeback.
Familia took the loss tossing five innings allowing five runs on eight hits with five strikeouts. The Mets managed only six hits on the afternoon. Rafael Fernandez had two hits while Valdespin, Pellot, Welch and Ryan Mollica accounting for the rest of the Mets hits. Lakeland starter Mark Sorensen held the Mets in check through six innings allowing only one unearned run on two hits while striking out six batters.