Rafael Montero made his second start of the season for the 51s in Las Vegas on Tuesday night, and was much better than his line indicates.
Mar 7, 2014; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50) throws against the St. Louis Cardinals in spring training action at Tradition Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
In five innings of work, Montero allowed three runs on six hits, walked one and struck out nine.
All three runs that were scored against Montero came with two outs in the third inning, and scored after Wilmer Flores failed to make the play on a slow grounder that would’ve ended the inning.
Montero threw 92 pitches (66 for strikes), and ended his night by getting a strikeout looking with a fastball on the outside corner in the top of the fifth.
The 51s defeated Sacramento 7-6.
Also notable Tuesday night:
- Wilmer Flores started at shortstop and went 1 for 4 with an RBI.
- Daniel Muno went 1 for 2 with 2 runs scored, an RBI and 2 walks.
- Eric Campbell hit a 2-run homer and went 2 for 4 overall.
Noah Syndergaard takes the hill Wednesday night at 10:05 when the 51s take on Sacramento.