The New York Mets (2-3) lost to the Reyes-less Miami Marlins (2-2) today at Digital Domain Park in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The final score was 5 to 4.
Continuing where we left off:
Well, maybe we didn’t leave off where we continued, but someone certainly did. Mike Pelfrey continued doing what he did last season, which is not pitching well… Big Pelf threw 2 2/3 innings of six hit, four run baseball. He walked two hitters, let up a homerun, and did not strike out any batters. Look, I like Big Pelf. He is a good guy and he has lots of potential. So, I’m not going to freak out just yet. Why? Well, I keep saying this:
This was Big Pelf’s first game of Spring Training, and he has plenty of time to improve his pitching before the season begins. If Pelfrey allows four runs in 2 2/3 innings the next time he pitches, we all can freak out. Just, please don’t panic yet…
If Pelfrey doesn’t pitch well this season, the guy who came in to relieve him will end up starting in his spot (probably). That guy is Miguel Batista. Batista came in and threw 1 1/3 innings of scoreless, hitless baseball, only walking one hitter.
Mets closer Frank Francisco did not pitch well, allowing a run on a hit and a walk in an inning pitched, earning him his second loss of the exhibition season.
Jon Rauch pitched two innings of perfect baseball, Tim Byrdak pitched one inning of perfect baseball, and Armando Rodriguez threw one inning of two hit, no-run baseball.
When you allow five runs, you need to score more than four runs:
Ok, I understand how cliché the above statement is. But, it’s just that simple. The team went a respectable 9-for-35 today (.257), yet they needed to score more runs to win this ballgame. Why? They left eight men on base and went 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
There were positives too:
Catcher Lucas May, who is technically competing with Mike Nickeas to be the Major League back-up catcher, doubled to left field, scoring Jason Bay and Ike Davis in the first inning. May ened up going 2-for-3.
The Mets scored their fourth run on an Adam Loewen homerun with none on and none out in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Ike Davis went 1-for-2, scored a run, and walked twice.
Video of the Game: Adam Loewen’s homerun
Tomorrow’s Game: The Mets will travel to Champion Stadium at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Kissimmee, Florida tomorrow to play the Atlanta Braves. They will face off at 1:05 PM with Dillon Gee on the hill for the Mets and Randall Delgado starting for the Braves.