After spending almost five years in the U.S. Navy, simply being on the mound at Roger Dean Stadium was exhilarating for Cardinals pitcher Mitch Harris - even if the results were disappointing.
Harris gave up a pair of two-run homers and took the loss as a New York Mets split squad beat St. Louis 10-7 on Sunday.
St. Louis played with a short-handed lineup. Third baseman David Freese was a late scratch after experiencing tightness in his back. Right fielder Carlos Beltran, battling a sore toe, went 1 for 5 in a minor league game.
Jon Jay was 3 for 3 with two RBIs for the Cardinals.
Jamie Hoffmann and Zach Lutz each hit a two-run homer off the 27-year-old Harris, selected by St. Louis out of the Naval Academy in the 13th round of the 2008 draft. He had been unable to play for the organization because of his military service obligation.
''It was one of those things where, if you had told me this (would happen) two or three years ago, I wouldn't have believed you,'' Harris said. ''I...