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Headrick fans 11 in 2-0 rain-shortened loss to Mets

Mighty Mussels finish homestand with 5-1 record

By Staff | Jun 7, 2021

Fort Myers left fielder Edouard Julien has a .319 batting average on the young season. To view more photos from the game, see the Cape Coral Breeze Facebook page. MICHAEL PISTELLA / mpistella@breezenewspapers.com

FORT MYERS — Brent Headrick fanned a career-high 11 batters Sunday, but the St. Lucie Mets snapped the Mighty Mussels’ six-game winning streak at Hammond Stadium with a 2-0 final.

Headrick (2-2) struck out the side in his first and last inning, allowing just one run on two hits over five frames. The left-hander became the third Mighty Mussels (16-14) pitcher to reach 30 strikeouts for the season.

In a scoreless game in the top of the fifth, Mets (17-13) third baseman Jose Peroza drew a leadoff walk. The next batter was Warren Saunders, who lined an RBI double to the wall in left to give St. Lucie a 1-0 lead.

With the Mets still up by one in the sixth, Alex Ramirez was hit by a pitch before stealing second. After a Joe Suozzi infield single put men on the corners, St. Lucie executed a double steal to make it 2-0.

Shortly thereafter, the tarp was put on the field with heavy rain falling at Hammond Stadium. After a rain delay of over an hour, the game was called due to unplayable field conditions.

Fort Myers second baseman Anthony Prato (11) throws to first during the Mighty Mussels’ game against the St. Lucie Mets on Sunday. To view more photos from the game, see the Cape Coral Breeze Facebook page. MICHAEL PISTELLA / mpistella@breezenewspapers.com

The Mighty Mussels have a day off today before traveling to Jupiter to play the Hammerheads at Roger Dean Stadium. The six-game series will be broadcast on the Hammerheads Baseball Network. The next Mighty Mussels’ broadcast will take place on Tuesday, June 15.

Box Score: https://atmilb.com/3vSEr8l

Fort Myers Mighty Mussels 9, St. Lucie Mets 4

FORT MYERS – The Fort Myers Mighty Mussels took advantage of seven St. Lucie Mets errors Saturday, earning their sixth straight victory by a 9-4 margin at Hammond Stadium.

The Mussels (16-13) scored in five of their eight offensive frames, plating five unearned runs.

Left-hander Juan Pichardo (1-0) sparkled in relief, tossing three hitless innings to earn his first Low-A win.

After both teams exchanged runs in the first two innings, the game remained tied 3-3 until the bottom of the fourth. After Kyle Schmidt walked, Willie Joe Garry Jr. pulled a base hit into right. Two batters later, Edouard Julien lifted a fly ball to center field that was dropped by Mets (16-13) outfielder Alexander Ramirez. The defensive miscue allowed both runners to score and give Fort Myers a 5-3 lead.

After the Mussels tacked on a run in the sixth, Aaron Sabato drew a one-out walk in the seventh. Jeferson Morales and Yunior Severino followed with singles to load the bases. Misael Urbina then delivered a sacrifice fly to center to make it 6-3. After another error plated Morales to make it 7-3, Schmidt cranked an RBI triple off the wall in center to extend the lead to 8-3.

The Mighty Mussels’ six-game winning streak is their longest of the season.

Box Score: https://atmilb.com/3vVeVze

— John Vittas