The Mets got their first Spring Training game in today against the Miami Marlins at their Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. While the Mets took the loss, their was a lot of good things to see.
The story of today’s game for the Mets has to be the pitching as a combination of 7 pitchers gave up two runs in just seven innings. As planned, each pitcher took the mound for an inning.
Starter Harol Gonzalez pitched a scoreless inning, as did new acquisition, right-hander Sean Reid-Foley. SRF was one of the three pitchers acquired in the Steven Matz trade with the Blue Jays.
Left-hander Stephen Tarpley, who’s battling for a spot as a second lefty in the bullpen, followed SRF and also put together a scoreless frame while striking out a batter.
The Marlins would get their two runs off of Ryley Gilliam, when Jesus Aguilar hit a two-run shot off of the right-handed reliever. Gilliam would still finish the frame, which is a positive sign of maturity on the bump.
Prospect pitcher Thomas Szapucki followed by pitching a scoreless inning and after hitting the upper 80’s in the instructional league last year, Szapucki was hitting 95 on the radar gun today.
Hildenberger got himself in a jam in the sixth but was able to pitch himself out of it while Zamora was able to pitch a scoreless ninth himself.