Monday, March 15, 2010

Mets Win 6-5 Behind Pagan's Walk Off

For those of you who didn't watch it, the Mets defeated the Cardinals 6-5 on a two-run homer in the ninth off the bat of Angel Pagan (box score).  It was probably one of the more exciting endings to a spring training game I think I have ever seen.

On the Bump:

K-Rod threw a perfect inning in his first work, since coming back from the world's most discussed case of pink-eye.  Green and Misch threw scoreless innings for the Mets.  Green did so despite walking two in his inning of work.

As for Niese and Nieve, they cancelled each other out again, putting up similar performances for the third straight outing.  Nieve went 3 innings giving up 2 runs on 5 hits and a walk, while Niese went 3 innings giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits while striking out two.  If these two aren't careful they're both going to lose out to Nelson Figueroa, who has done a pretty fantastic job so far this spring.  Although I like Niese the best of the three, he can afford to go down, especially if Figgy keeps pitching the way he has.

At the Dish:

Beside the game winning homer from Pagan, F-Mart, Tejada and Francouer drove in at least a run each.

Bay and Fernando Martinez both had two doubles each as F-Mart stayed hot, and Bay has been starting to get going in the last few games.  Despite F-Mart being hot this Spring, Gary Cohen mentioned during the telecast that F-Mart would start the season in the minors.  I'm not opposed to this.  Yes, he's been great this spring, but considering how he hit last year there was no real sign this was going to happen.  Even the Caribbean series wasn't enough to go off because he had hit so poorly in fall ball prior.  Either way, this was also expected...

Overall, it was an enjoyable game with a bit of drama for spring training.  A fun game to watch, as we start to get into the swing of things in camp...

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