The New York Mets (2-2) shutout the Miami Marlins (1-2) 7 to 0 today in Jupiter, Florida.
Pitching wins games:
Jon Niese started for the Mets and threw two hitless, scoreless innings, while striking out two and walking one.
Bobby Parnell, who will have to earn a spot on the roster if he wants to be a major league pitcher this season, threw a perfect inning, striking out one hitter. Ramon Ramirez (3 strikeouts), Chuck James, Manny Acosta, and Garrett Olson pitched a combined six scoreless innings.
Justin Turner is a beast:
Justin Turner, who will be coming off the bench this season and will be filling in at all infield positions, started at third base today. Turner went 3-for-3 today. He drove in a run on a single in the first inning and drove in another run from a single in the second inning. Turner hit a solo-shot in the fifth inning–his first homerun of the spring.
Turner wasn’t alone:
Josh Thole was the designated hitter for the Mets today. Thole went 2-for-3, scoring a run and driving in a run on a double in the fifth inning. The other catcher in the lineup today, Mike Nickeas, hit an RBI single Thole, scoring Thole who was on base from his double.
Mets outfield prospect Matt Dan Dekker hit an RBI double, finishing the game going 1-for-4.
The Mets went 11-for-37 and had a team batting average of .297 today.
Photo of the Game:
Tomorrow’s Game: The Mets will head back to Port St. Lucie to play the Marlins again at Digital Domain Park. Mike Pelfrey will be on the hill for the Mets and Carlos Zambrano will start for the Marlins. The game begins at 1:10 PM and can be seen on SNY.