Feb 17, 2014; Port St Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets pitcher Rafael Montero works out during todays first official day of spring training at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

2/28 Game Recap: Mets Fall To Nationals 5-4


Today in Port St. Lucie, the Mets opened their Grapefruit League schedule with a 5-4 loss to the Nationals.

The Mets fell behind in the top of the fifth, but responded with a four-spot in the bottom half to take a 4-1 lead.

With long-shot bullpen candidate Adam Kolarek pitching in the seventh inning, the Nationals notched 2 runs to draw within 4-3.

Bullpen candidate Gonzalez Germen came in for the eighth, and gave up the tying run on a double that was laced to center field.

In the top of the ninth, the Nationals scored a run against Jeff Walters to take a 5-4 lead.

Highlights:

  • Rafael Montero got the start for the Mets and tossed 2 perfect innings. He sat between 91 and 93 with his fastball and flashed a solid slider.
  • Jacob deGrom pitched 2 perfect frames, striking out 4 in the process. His fastball topped out at 94 MPH.
  • Ike Davis stroked a 2 run homer to right field in the 5th.
  • Juan Lagares went 2 for 3 with a line drive single and a wind aided double.
  • Gonzalez Germen gave up a run in his only inning of work.
  • Jeff Walters, set to open the year with Triple-A Las Vegas, gave up the decisive run in the 9th.

Next Up:

The Mets welcome the Marlins to Port St. Lucie tomorrow at 1:10 PM. The game can be seen on WPIX.

 

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