Mar 9, 2014; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws against the Atlanta Braves before the spring training action at Tradition Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
Zack Wheeler allowed his first run of spring training Friday night in a 1-0 loss to the Miami Marlins.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia broke through a pitcher’s duel in the second inning when he took a full-count pitch from Wheeler over the right field fence. Tom Koehler dominated for the Marlins, pitching five innings of shut-out baseball. He allowed three hits and struck out five.
- Wheeler went 4.2 innings in his third start of the spring and allowed three hits, one earned run while walking one and striking out two batters. His only misstep was the Saltalamacchia home run. His ERA is now at 0.84.
- In one inning of work, Scott Rice struck out two without allowing a hit.
- Jose Valverde struck out one in 1.1 innings.
- There was no #MetsTwitter uproar over Ruben Tejada‘s defense tonight, signifying a quiet night for the 24-year-old who Terry Collins insists isn’t fighting for the job. Tejada went 1-for-3, singling in the third for his second hit in 17 Grapefruit League at-bats. His average now stands at .111.
- Matt den Dekker went 1-for-3 and has a .409 average this spring. He struck out against Koehler in the third, stranding two on base.
- Chris Young was also a member of the 1-for-3 club.
- Josh Satin is batting .308 and as was the Friday night cool-kid thing to do, went 1-for-3.
- Anthony Recker didn’t muster a hit in three at-bats.
- Brian Burgamy reached third base with two outs in the eighth inning, but the Mets couldn’t bring the tying run home. He also went 1-for-3.
- David Wright and Co. have arrived in Las Vegas, as shown by PR guy Jay Horwitz and his tiger.
The Mets split up Friday to play split-squad games over the weekend. One squad will play the Minnesota Twins in Port St. Lucie at 1:10 p.m. behind Dillon Gee. The other half traveled to Las Vegas to play the Chicago Cubs, where Bartolo Colon will take the mound Saturday.