Sunday in Jupiter, the Mets took on the Cardinals in the third game of their spring training slate.
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
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.
- 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.
- Curtis Granderson went 1 for 2 with a double and a walk.
- Jose Valverde gave up 1 run on 2 hits in his inning of work.
- 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.
- Travis d’Arnaud went 0 for 2.
- 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.
- Carlos Torres tossed a scoreless frame.
The Mets travel to Disney tomorrow to take on the Braves at 1:05 PM. Noah Syndergaard gets the start for New York.