This afternoon, the New York Mets defeated the Houston Astros by a final score of 6-2. Zack Wheeler took the mound for the Mets, following up Noah Syndergaard‘s strong debut with an impressive outing of his own. Wheeler allowed just two hits in three innings of work, while striking out three batters.
Mar 4, 2014; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson (3) hits his second home run of the game against the Houston Astros in spring training action at Tradition Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
However, it was the instant offense provided by new comer, Curtis Granderson, which was the key headline for today. Granderson went 2-for-2 with a pair of homers, a two-run homer in the first inning, followed by a solo homer in the second inning.
Astros starter Rudy Owens couldn’t even make it out of the first inning, after allowing three runs on three hits, the biggest blow coming off Granderson’s two-run homer to right field. Owens exited the game with the bases loaded in the first, but De Leon managed to retire the first two batters he faced to restrict the Mets from widening their lead.
In the very next inning, Granderson hit a moon shot to right run for his second homer of the game to give the Mets a 4-0 lead.
However, the Astros managed to get that run back in the fifth inning when Jonathan Villar hit a two-run homer of his own to put the Astros on the board. Mets outfield prospect Brandon Nimmo hit an RBI single to right, driving in Daniel Muno in the sixth inning.
- Eric Young Jr. started at the leadoff position, going 0-for-2 with a run scored
- Chris Young went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in the first inning
- Kyle Farnsworth relieved Wheeler in the fourth and managed to pitch a scoreless frame, while allowing one hit
- Travis d’Arnaud went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles
- Josh Satin went 0-for-2 with one strikeout