Lara Rocks In St. Lucie Debut, But Mets Lose In Extras 4-3

By Satish Ram

May 31, 2013 No comments

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Jupiter 4, St. Lucie 3

Rainy Lara‘s FSL debut may have ended in a tough 4-3 loss in extras, but it was truly no fault of his. He looked strong in his debut for the St. Lucie Mets, lasting eight innings and allowing three runs – but only one of them earned. Lara surrendered only four hits in the game, without walking a batter, but was victimized by a two-out fielding error by Matt Reynolds in the fifth. After he had given up a sacrifice fly to Ryan McIntyre, Reynolds botched a grounder that would’ve ended the inning, and Lara served up a two-run double.

Outside of that fifth inning, however, Lara was completely on top of his game. He gave up three of his four hits allowed in the fifth and otherwise was on cruise control. Travis Taijeron gave him a little support early with a two-run home run in the second inning, and Cam Maron scored on a fielding error to tie the game up in the bottom of the seventh. Randy Fontanez struggled in the tenth though, and he gave up four hits in the inning which led to the winning run crossing the plate.

Domingo Tapia looks to redeem himself in his second start off the DL tomorrow for St. Lucie. Speaking of returning from injuries, Luis Mateo made an appearance in relief when he tossed a scoreless ninth in this game.

Key Stats

T.J. Rivera: 2-for-5

Dustin Lawley: 1-for-4, 1 3B

Travis Taijeron: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

Rainy Lara: 8.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 K

Luis Mateo: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 ER

Randy Fontanez: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 K