Dillon Gee and Jeremy Hefner got their final tuneups today before the New York Mets hopped on a plane to Flushing to prepare for Opening Day. Unfortunately, their outings weren’t that great against the Baltimore Orioles.
The O’s jumped out to a 3-0 start in the first four innings against Gee thanks to a pair of RBI singles by Nolan Reimold and Matt Weiters, which were sandwiched around a Nate McLouth home run. Marlon Byrd singled in the fifth inning, and eventually came around to score on a Ruben Tejada sacrifice fly.
Upon Hefner’s entrance into the ballgame, Baltimore began creating some distance in the runs column from the Amazins, as the O’s launched three homers to push their lead to 7-1. McLouth hit his second of the ballgame, while Chris Davis and Steve Pearce also contributed long balls of their own.
- Gee ended up throwing 4 innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits, no walks, and 4 strikeouts. His final spring ERA settles in at 5.87.
- Hefner saw his ERA balloon up to 4.62 due to a couple rough innings on the mound. He allowed 4 runs on 4 hits (3 HR), 1 walk, and 3 strikeouts.
- Young relievers Josh Edgin and Jeurys Familia each turned in scoreless innings.
- Both Daniel Murphy and David Wright were in the lineup for the second day in a row, and each went 0-for-3 at the plate.
- Ruben Tejada went 0-for-1 with that sac fly in the fifth inning; he finishes the spring hitting .096, but he has come to life a little bit with 3 RBI in his last two games.
- Marlon Byrd continued to be one of the team’s most consistent hitters while in Florida. He finishes Grapefruit League action with a .357 batting average.
- Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Zach Lutz both had one last chance to state their cases for a roster spot. They each grounded out in their only at-bats in the ninth inning.
That’s a wrap for Spring Training, folks. The Mets finish with a 15-15-3 record, and will be boarding a plane for New York shortly. There will be an optional workout at Citi Field from 12-2pm (not open to the public), and then the 2013 season will kick off Monday afternoon in Flushing, as the Amazins welcome the San Diego Padres to town.