Mar 2, 2014; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka (16) throws the ball prior to the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

3/2 Game Recap: Mets Lose to Cardinals 7-1


Sunday in Jupiter, the Mets took on the Cardinals in the third game of their spring training slate.

Daisuke Matsuzaka got the start for the Mets and was opposed by Michael Wacha of St. Louis.

Game Recap:

The Cardinals jumped on Matsuzaka immediately, ripping a pair of doubles in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead.

St. Louis extended their lead to 2-0 in the third when Matt Holliday roped a double to center field off Jose Valverde, and added another run off minor leaguer Logan Verrett in the fifth to make it 3-0.

The Cardinals roughed up Jack Leathersich in the sixth, plating four runs to go up 7-0.

The Mets notched a run in the eighth when Danny Muno delivered an RBI single. That sliced the Cardinals’ lead to 7-1 and closed out the scoring.

Highlights:

  • Daisuke Matsuzaka, who’s competing for a spot in the rotation, got the start for the Mets. In 2 innings pitched, he allowed 1 run on 2 hits (both doubles), walked none and struck out none.
  • Juan Lagares led off and played center field and went 0 for 2 with a walk.
  • Steven Matz made his Grapefruit League debut and struck out 2 (one with a fastball, another with a curve) in a scoreless inning.
  • Jack Leathersich struggled with his control, and was rocked for 4 runs in the 6th inning.
  • Ike Davis went 0 for 3 with a pair of strikeouts.
  • Wilmer Flores, who shifted from second base to shortstop in the sixth, went 0 for 2 with a walk.
  • Joel Carreno, who has a shot to crack the bullpen, gave up 1 hit and struck out 2 in 1.1 scoreless innings.

Next Up:

The Mets travel to Disney tomorrow to take on the Braves at 1:05 PM. Noah Syndergaard gets the start for New York.

 

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