Palmetto Pros: Ex-Cougar, former Buc square off in Yankees-Mets

Former Charleston Southern pitcher Bobby Parnell racked up his eighth save for the Mets on Monday night. (File photo)

Former College of Charleston standout Brett Gardner and ex-Charleston Southern pitcher Bobby Parnell shared the stage during the Mets’ 2-1 win over the Yankees on Monday night.

And each player had a moment in the spotlight.

Gardner, the Yankees’ centerfielder, went 1 for 4 and scored a run, and made a home-run saving grab over the fence in left-centerfield on a drive by the Mets’ Daniel Murphy.

“I didn’t think it was hit as good as it showed,” Gardner told reporters after the game. “I didn’t realize it was going out.”

Parnell, meanwhile, racked up his eighth save for the Mets, striking out two in the ninth. He has a 1.93 earned-run average this season.

Elsewhere among Lowcountry players in pro baseball:

• Matt Wieters (Stratford HS) went 2 for 3 and drove in a run in the Orioles’ 6-2 win over the Nationals. He’s batting .244 with seven homers and 30 RBI.

• Justin Smoak (Stratford HS, USC) missed the Mariners’ game last night with an oblique strain, and is day to day.

In the minors Monday:

• Chris McGuiness (James Island, The Citadel) was 1 for 3 and drove in a run for Class AAA Round Rock. He’s batting .259 with 27 RBI.

• Justin Greene (Stratford HS, Francis Marion) was 1 for 4 and scored a run for Class AA Mobile. He’s batting .323 and has stolen 12 bases.