Domingo Tapia rebounded nicely after a poor outing in his last start. While Tapia was not dominating, he pitched effectively enough to limit Charlotte to only one run in five innings.
Charlotte threatened to score in the second inning, but Tapia was able to escape without allowing a run. Tapia induced two groundouts for the first two outs of the inning. Charlotte base runner, Drew Vettleson, was tagged out after being caught in a rundown between third base and home for the final out of the inning.
Tapia was able to pitch out of trouble again in the third inning. With a runner on third and only one out, Tapia struck out Charlotte centerfielder, Kes Carter, swinging on a changeup. He then struck Jake Hager looking on a blazing fastball to end the inning. Tapia, however, gave up a game tying homerun in the fifth to second baseman Ryan Brett.
Tapia pitched well enough to deserve the win, but St Lucie’s offense struggled to score. St. Lucie’s hitters went a combined 4 for 24 at the plate. Their only run of the game was a home run by designated hitter, Charley Thurber, in the second inning.
T.J. Chism came in the pitch the sixth and yielded one run to put St. Lucie down 2-1. The game was shortened to only seven innings because of the double header, so the seventh inning was St. Lucie’s last opportunity to comeback. St. Lucie rallied to put the tying run on base in the seventh, but Gilbert Gomez struck out for the final out of the game.
Travis Taijeron: 1 for 2, 2B
Charley Thurber: 1 for 2, HR, RBI, BB
T.J. Rivera: 1 for 3
Domingo Tapia: 5IP, 5H, ER, 2BB, 4K
T.J. Chism: 1IP, H , ER