Mar 4, 2014; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws against the Houston Astros in spring training action at Tradition Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

3/9 Game Recap: Mets Top Braves 8-2


Sunday in Port St. Lucie, the Mets took on the Braves as Zack Wheeler made his second start of the spring.

Game Recap:

The Mets jumped in front 1-0 in the bottom of the second, when Brandon Allen grounded a single to right field after hits by Curtis Granderson and Matt Clark.

The score remained 1-0 until the top of the seventh, when a sun-aided leadoff double and a scorched two out double off Josh Edgin allowed Atlanta to tie things at 1.

The Mets turned a tie into a laugher in the eighth.

After Matt den Dekker led off the eighth inning with a walk, Anthony Seratelli dropped down a sacrifice bunt. The Braves threw the ball away attempting to get Seratelli at first base, and den Dekker raced home to score as the Mets took a 2-1 lead. Seratelli then stole second and third base, and scored on a ground out to make it 3-1 Mets. Later in the frame, Cesar Puello walked and Kevin Plawecki roped a two run double down the left field line to increase New York’s lead to 5-1. The Braves then made an error on what should’ve been an inning ending ground out as another run came home. Matt den Dekker followed by ripping a two run double down the right field line as the lead ballooned to 8-1.

Bobby Parnell gave up a run in the ninth, but sealed an 8-2 victory for the Mets.

Highlights:

  • Zack Wheeler got the start for the Mets and spun three scoreless innings. He allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3.
  • Ruben Tejada went 0 for 2. He’s yet to get a hit so far this spring.
  • Kyle Farnsworth tossed 2 scoreless frames, but his fastball continued to sit between 85 and 88 MPH, hitting 90 MPH once.
  • Josh Edgin allowed 1 run on 2 hits (1 that was sun-aided) in his inning of work. He struck out 1.
  • Bobby Parnell gave up a run  on 1 hit (there was also an error and catcher’s interference) in the 9th in his first Grapefruit League appearance. He struck out 1.

Next Up:

The Mets host the Marlins in Port St. Lucie tomorrow at 1:10 PM, with Bartolo Colon on the hill. The game will air on SNY.

 

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