Wednesday in Viera, a split squad Mets contingent lost to the Nationals 11-5. A tie game was broken open in the eighth, when Cory Mazzoni surrendered 7 runs.
Jenrry Mejia, who’s competing for a spot in the starting rotation, got the start and struck out two batters in a scoreless first. In the second, the Nationals took advantage of a throwing error by Mejia to plate an unearned run on a sacrifice fly while taking a 1-0 lead.
The Mets broke through in the fourth, taking a 3-2 lead when Zach Lutz and Anthony Seratelli both delivered run scoring hits. In the sixth, the Mets tacked on another run when Taylor Teagarden‘s sacrifice fly drove in Eric Campbell and upped the Mets’ advantage to 4-2.
In the seventh, the Nationals tied the game at 4 when Brian Goodwin lifted a 2 run homer off Mets minor leaguer John Church.
Cory Mazzoni, slated to open the year with Triple-A Las Vegas, was pummeled in the eighth, allowing seven runs as the Nationals not only took the lead but broke the game open.
Zach Lutz hit a solo homer in the ninth for the Mets which drew the Mets to within 11-5 and closed out the scoring.
- Jenrry Mejia got the start for the Mets and allowed 1 unearned run in 2 innings pitched. Mejia allowed 1 hit, walked 2, and struck out 3.
- Juan Lagares started in center field and went 1 for 4.
- Adam Kolarek, who has an outside chance to make the bullpen as the second lefty, gave up 1 run in 2 innings of work. He allowed 3 hits, walked none, and struck out 2.
- Anthony Seratelli went 1 for 2 with 2 RBI’s.
- Jacob deGrom was solid in 2 scoreless innings of work, allowing 1 hit, no walks, and striking out 2.
The Mets travel to Kissimmee tomorrow to take on the Astros. First pitch is at 1:05 PM.