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Mets finally solve Simpson

Oxford product has scoreless innings streak broken in 3-run ninth

By East Alabama Sports Today

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Oxford product Tucker Simpson gave up his first runs in pro baseball Wednesday, but his team still won its game.

Simpson gave up three runs in the ninth inning of the GCL Marlins’ 5-4 win over the GCL Mets to keep their playoff hopes alive.

The big right-hander pitched the final two innings in the game, giving up two hits, three runs (all earned), striking out two and walking two.

He had thrown 19 1/3 innings for two Marlins affiliates without giving up a run before the Mets finally reached him in the ninth.

He has been the longest-standing pitcher without giving up a run remaining in the Gulf Coast League.

The end of the streak started with a one-out bunt single and two walks to load the bases. The Mets followed with a second-out sacrifice fly and a two-run triple. Simpson’s ERA with the Marlins is now 1.72. It’s 1.35 since signing his pro contract July 24.

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