The first reaction to a 9-0 defeat is usually “oomph.” But even though starter Johan Santana got lit-up for five hits, four earned-runs, and two walks in just 2.6 innings, and the Mets defense committed three errors, there were still some high points to the game.On the topic of Santana, the lefty wasn’t particularly dominating, but unlike his first two starts, the pitcher’s fastball was averaging around 90-91 MPH. There were a lot of eyes on Santana specifically to see if his velocity would increase in his third start, so needless to say, he put a lot of critics to rest.
Some other highlights included left-handed reliever and youngster Josh Edgin tossing yet another scoreless innings to keep his Spring ERA at 0.00. Also, Adam Loewen‘s single raised his average to an impressive .333. If Scott Hairston begins the season on the disabled list, there’s a good chance Loewen will break with the team.