The Mets split their squad up for the last time this spring, as half the team hung around to welcome the Detroit Tigers to Tradition Field, while the other half took a trip to Jupiter to take on the St. Louis Cardinals. One game went better than the other, as the Tigers had their way for most of the afternoon in a 9-4 loss for the Metsies. New York was able to put some more runs up on the board against Jake Westbrook and company to get a split on the day, with a 10-7 victory.
In PSL, Matt Harvey wasn’t his sharpest of the spring in 5 innings of work, but it was Brandon Lyon who got lit up in 0.1 innings pitched. After falling to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second, John Buck scored on a wild pitch from Doug Fister. Prince Fielder gave Detroit the lead again in the third, but Ike Davis responded with a run-scoring single in the bottom of the inning. Austin Jackson had a good day at the plate, doubling and tripling in runs to be a part of two different rallies. The minor leaguers started to mount a bit of a comeback in the eighth, as Cory Vaughn singled in Justin Turner, and Matt Reynolds doubled him in, but that wasn’t enough this afternoon at Tradition Field.
Over in Jupiter, Aaron Laffey had a tough outing, which lasted only three innings. New York went down 6-0 before starting to mount their comeback, and the scoring got underway with a Brian Bixler RBI groundout. Travis d’Arnaud singled home another run in the sixth inning, followed by the same from Zach Lutz. Darrell Ceciliani doubled home Anthony Recker and Jordany Valdespin to cut the St. Louis lead to one. They then surged ahead in the seventh thanks to a pair of two-run homers from Jamie Hoffmann and Lutz. Mike Baxteradded insurance in the ninth with a solo homer of his own.
Hightlights from game vs. Tigers:
- Harvey threw 5 innings, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 5.
- Brandon Lyon got hit hard in 0.1 IP, allowing 5 runs on 6 hits. Scott Atchison bailed him out by throwing 1.2 shutout innings.
- Kirk Nieuwenhuis played the whole game as the designated hitter, going 0-for-3 with 2 walks. It was his first full game since he injured his knee.
- Justin Turner was the offensive star for New York, recording 3 hits and 2 runs scored.
- Matt den Dekker went 0-for-2 starting the game in center field, but injured himself trying to make an acrobatic catch in the outfield.
Highlights from game vs. Cardinals:
- Aaron Laffey went 3 innings in the start, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits, 2 walks, and 1 strikeout.
- Greg Burke got touched up for 2 runs in his inning of work, but Jeurys Familia and Justin Hampson kept the damage at a minimum, allowing 1 run in 4 innings pitched combined (2IP each).
- Collin Cowgill got his spring batting average back up to .309 with a two-hit game.
- Mike Baxter’s bat finally came alive, collecting 2 hits and a walk, while scoring 3 runs.
- Zach Lutz continues to show he could be a useful bat off the bench in Flushing if his services are needed, collecting two RBI hits.
- New York hit three homers in the win, with Hofmann, Baxter, and Lutz all going yard.
The Mets will head to Disney to play the Braves at 1:05p.