Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 3/5/12

The New York Mets were defeated on Monday night by the Washington Nationals, 3-1 in their Grapefruit League opener at Digital Domain Park in Port St. Lucie.

TORRES GETS OFF TO A QUICK START-

Mets new center fielder, Andress Torres got things going early with a lead off walk to start the game.  Torres proceeded to steal secondbase before scoring the games first run on an single up the middle off the bat of Daniel Murphy.  Following the game, manager Terry Collins said of Torres, “when he gets on, he scores runs and he showed that in the first inning tonight.”

Gee pitches around a jam-

Dillon Gee started the game for the Mets and after allowing a solo home run to Rick Ankiel to start the second inning, worked out of a bases loaded jam by inducing Andres Blanco to hit into an inning ending double play.  Following the game, Gee told reporters it’s about “getting a feel and repeating” his mechanics:

At this point it’s just about getting a feel and repeating your mechanics, and just making sure everything is in line. I feel like every week something else has progressed a little bit better. I had decent control tonight. I thought I made some good pitches. That’s all you’re looking for at this point. The changeup felt good tonight. That’s what I’m looking for, is the feel.”

 

Harvey tosses two scoreless-

Top pitching prospect Matt Harvey tossed two scoreless innings, although he walked three (and hit another) of the eight batters he faced.

Mets Offense-

The Mets offense did not get much going this evening, however, there were some things to be happy about.

  • Daniel Murphy picked up where he left off, collecting a RBI single in the first to drive in the lone Mets run.
  • Ruben Tejada collected two hits in two at-bats before being replaced by Ronnie Cedeno.
  • Ike Davis and Andress Torress added a hit a piece.

Mets Pitching-

Frank Francisco was one of six Mets pitchers to pitch during the clubs opener.  Francisco, however, allowed a run on two hits during his one inning of work and was the losing pitcher in tonight’s contest.

Baseball is BACK!!!

The Mets are right back at it tomorrow with Johan Santana scheduled to start against the St. Louis Cardinals at 1:05 pm at Digital Domain Park in Port St. Lucie.

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