Frank Francisco pitched another inning of relief for the Class A St. Lucie Mets on Wednesday afternoon, and did not give up a hit. He did walk two batters, but also struck out a pair.
Francisco has now pitched five innings for St. Lucie and has yet to allow a run. He has given up one hit and stuck out six batters.
Mets manager Terry Collins said Tuesday that Bobby Parnell will remain the closer when Francisco returns, at least initially. But Francisco's return to the big leagues, after missing the start of the season with elbow inflammation, is definitely getting closer.