Last night, under the lights at the Florida State League All-Star Game in front of 5,678 fans, Mets prospects stole the show.
Eight St. Lucie Mets were selected to play in the 51st edition of the game for the South, who fell behind early, but managed to string together a big comeback in the late innings and steal
a 6-3 victory over the North.
The North jumped out to an early lead, scoring a second inning run off Jupiter’s Raudel Lazo. Mets pitcher Cory Mazzoni entered the game in the fourth and gave up a solo homer to Jon Talley, his second homer of the game. Mazzoni then walked a batter, but got out of the inning. By the fifth inning, the South was down 3-0.
The South staged a big comeback in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs in the inning with runners on second and third, Wilmer Flores came up and drove in two with an RBI single to cut the North’s lead to 3-2. Then the South drew three straight walks off North pitching, scoring Flores to cap a three-run frame. Flores came up big once again in the eighth, helping the South pull away with another RBI single. Flores was 3-4 on the night with a walk and three runs batted in. At the end of the night, he was crowned the MVP.
Four other Met position players participated, including Cory Vaughn, who was 1-2 with a double and a walk. Catcher Blake Forsythe also had a hit in the game. Richard Lucas and Wilfredo Tovar also got playing time, but neither got a hit. Three Mets pitchers took the mound for an inning. Cory Mazzoni, who allowed a run in the fourth, as well as Chase Hutchingson and Adam Kolarek, who both pitched 1-2-3 innings.
The Mets begin their second half schedule on Monday on the road against Bradenton.