The Mets showed some scrappiness today against the Orioles at Tradition Field, despite a horrendous outing by starter Mike Pelfrey in which he allowed eight runs in just four innings. Pelfrey, whose ERA ballooned to 7.77 for the spring, was tagged for 10 hits, including a homer.
Once again, the bullpen came to the rescue and didn’t allow any more runs for the rest of the game. Relievers Ken Takahashi, Roy Merritt, Tim McNab and Nelson Figueroa combined for five innings and only gave up three more hits.
The Mets were in an 8-0 hole until the bottom of the fourth inning when they had a rally and scored four runs. The Mets ended up out-hitting the Orioles 14-13 led by Ryan Church, Alex Cora and Ramon Castro, who each had two hits apiece. One of Castro’s was a two-run homer in the seventh inning that tied it up. He ended up with a team-leading three RBI.
Jose Reyes had his first triple of the spring, and Fernando Tatis and Carlos Beltran each had a double. The Mets’ final two runs came in the bottom of the ninth, thanks to Castro and Cora.
The Mets are finally done in Florida and will head back up to New York to face the Boston Red Sox at Citi Field on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. Livan Hernandez will pitch Friday, while John Maine and Oliver Perez go on Saturday.
Are you getting excited?