Wednesday in Port St. Lucie, the Mets took on the Cardinals. John Lannan, who is on the periphery of the fifth starter competition but more likely to wind up in the bullpen, got the start for the Mets.
The Cardinals struck quickly off John Lannan, manufacturing a run in the top of the first to take a 1-0 lead. In the top of the second, the Cards added another run – this time on a double play ball – to go up 2-0.
The score remained 2-0 Cards until the top of the seventh, when Kyle Farnsworth came in and allowed a booming double to Stephen Piscotty and a long home run to Kolten Wong as the Cards increased their lead to 4-0.
Joel Carreno, auditioning for a spot in the bullpen, was shaky in the top of the eighth. He walked in a run to make it 5-3 Cards before being relieved by Jeff Walters. After coming in, Walters uncorked a wild pitch that allowed St. Louis to take a 6-3 advantage.
The Mets got a run back in the bottom of the frame, when Kirk Niuewenhuis tripled and was driven in on a sac fly by Andrew Brown to make it 6-4 St. Louis.
However, the Mets got no closer, falling to the Cardinals by the score of 6-4.
- John Lannan tossed 4 solid innings, giving up 3 hits and 2 runs (none earned), while striking out 5 and walking none.
- Eric Young, Jr. went 1 for 3 with a walk.
- Juan Lagares delivered a 2 run single in the 7th. Overall, he went 1 for 3 with a run scored.
- David Wright went 1 for 3.
- Carlos Torres gave up 1 hit and struck out 1 during 2 scoreless innings of work.
- Kyle Farnsworth pitched the 7th and was dreadful. He didn’t top 88 MPH with his fastball, while serving up a double off the wall and a long two run homer.
- Joel Carreno struggled, giving up 2 runs on 1 hit and 3 walks in the 2/3 of an inning.
- Bobby Parnell made his second appearance of the spring, tossing a scoreless 9th. The only blemish was a 1 out walk.
The Mets travel to Viera to take on the Nationals tomorrow at 1:05 PM.