Lucas Duda was the hitting star, going 2-4 with his first home run of the season, an opposite field laser in the fourth inning.
Josh Stinson gave up three runs, on eight hits, while walking four and striking out three in five inning. Stinson is now 1-2 on the season after needing 95 pitches to get through five innings of work.
The game was called in the middle of the seventh inning after a 32-minute delay due to dense fog.
Brad Holt lasted just 2 1/3 innings and suffered his first loss of the season. Holt was charged with seven runs, six earned, on six hits and four walks. With this outing, Holt’s ERA rose from 0.50 to 3.10.
Allan Dykstra led the B-Mets offensively with a perfect 3-for-3 night including a pair of doubles and two runs scored. Jordanny Valdespin also chipped in going 2-3 with a double and two RBI.
With the score tied at four heading to the ninth, St. Lucie put up a five spot to close out Bradenton 9-5. Matt Den Dekker drove in the eventual game-winning run with a sacrifice fly in the ninth. Aided by two Bradenton errors, St. Lucie banged out four hits in the five run ninth.
Den Dekker was the star of the game, as he went 2-4, 2B, HR, and 4 RBI. The home run, his first of the season, was a three-run shot in the third inning. Den Dekker extended his hitting streak to 11 games, in which he is hitting .489/.490/.830 with 9 doubles, 2 triples, a home run, and 15 RBI.
Darrin Gorski made his first start of the season and was very impressive, going four innings giving up only three hits, one earned run, one walk, and ten strikeouts.
Sand Gnats lose their fifth straight game. Starter Erik Goeddel (pictured) with a solid outing, but gave up a game tying home run to Manny Machado (3rd overall pick in 2010 MLB Draft) in the sixth inning. Goeddel pitched six innings, giving up six hits, two earned runs, one walk, while striking out four.
Angel Cuan came on to relieve Goeddel and took the loss, giving up three runs, one earned in his two innings of work.
Savannah’s lone runs came off of solo homeruns by Blake Forsythe and Aderlin Rodriguez.
Den Dekker photo courtesy of Michael G. Baron.com