Spring Training Recap: Mets 7, Braves 6

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The Mets, back in action from their off day on Wednesday, faced the Atlanta Braves at Tradition Field today and Zack Wheeler went up against the Braves newly signed free-agent pitcher, Ervin Santana.

After a game that saw a combined 13 runs on 22 hits, the Mets came out on top after an Anthony Recker three-run bomb in the bottom of the ninth to give the Mets a 7-6 victory. The Mets evened their Grapefruit League record to 10-10.

Highlights:

Zack Wheeler was tagged in the first inning for a triple, single, and a home run, that put the Braves up 2-0.  It would have been worse if not for another amazing catch by Juan Lagares, leaping at the wall to steal away a home run. Wheeler threw 5.1 innings, giving up two runs on five hits, a walk and striking out two. He came back strong.

Kyle Farnsworth tossed one inning and gave up two runs on two hits, a walk, didn’t strikeout a batter and his spring ERA ballooned to 5.87.

Scott Rice threw an inning and gave up one run on two hits and Jose Valverde, earned the win, but gave up one run on two hits with no strikeouts.

Eric Young, Jr, led off the bottom of the first with a bunt single and scored the Mets first run on a line drive single to left by Ruben Tejada. EY Jr finished 1 for 3, with a run scored and Tejeda had his best offensive game of the spring, going 3 for 3, with a run scored and one RBI.

David Wright went 1 for 2, with an RBI and Curtis Granderson went 0 for 3 and left four men on base.

Anthony Recker, the star of the game, was 1 for 2, with a run scored and three RBI on that massive home run in the bottom of the ninth to steal the victory.

Chris Young, playing left field today, was 1 for 3 with an RBI and is hitting .300 on the spring.

Ike Davis in his first game back in action, was 0 for 3.

Travis d’Arnaud, is hitting a measly .125 and was hitless in two at bats today with a run scored, after reaching base on a walk. D’Arnaud has not gotten a hit in a game since March 7; he is 0 for 21 in his last eight games.

Juan Lagares, batting in the ninth spot, was 1 for 2, with a run scored and a RBI and is batting .316 this spring.

Coming up:  The Mets travel to Fort Myers on Friday to face the Minnesota Twins at Hammonds Stadium, with the first pitch at 1:05 pm.

(Photo Credit: AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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