Posted by Mack Ade at 11:00 AM
PORT ST. LUCIE, FLA—Robbie Shields had two hits and drove in a run, but the Mets offense was limited to six hits in a 6-1 loss to the Palm Beach Cardinals on Wednesday at Digital Domain Park.
The Cardinals took the lead with a two-run third inning and scored three times in the seventh to pull away.
Yohan Almonte was dealt the loss for the first time this season. Almonte allowed two runs on three hits and struck one in three innings.
The Mets and Cardinals had a 1-hour, 19-minute rain delay before the start of the fourth inning.
Jack Leathersich came in relief with the Mets trailing 2-1 and he tossed two scoreless innings and struck out a pair of batters.
Hamilton Bennett gave up three runs and six hits while striking out three over two innings of work.
Taylor Whitenton surrendered a run on hits in two innings while walking three and striking out four.
The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the second inning as Shields delivered an RBI double to left-center to score Rafael Fernandez.
The Mets will look to salvage the final game of the series on Thursday as they host the Palm Beach Cardinals at Digital Domain Park at 6:30 p.m. Angel Cuan is the scheduled starter for the Mets.
from team press release