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

By Danny Abriano
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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

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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