Sunday in Port St. Lucie, the Mets took on the Braves as Zack Wheeler made his second start of the spring.
Mar 4, 2014; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcherZack Wheeler
(45) throws against the Houston Astros in spring training action at Tradition Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
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.
- Zack Wheeler got the start for the Mets and spun three scoreless innings. He allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3.
- Curtis Granderson went 1 for 3 with a run scored.
- David Wright went 0 for 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.
- Jose Valverde contributed a perfect frame, striking out 1.
- Josh Edgin allowed 1 run on 2 hits (1 that was sun-aided) in his inning of work. He struck out 1.
- Juan Lagares went 0 for 2 at the plate, and gunned down Andrelton Simmons trying to advance from first to third on a single.
- Travis d’Arnaud went 0 for 2 with a walk.
- 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.
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.