The Mets quickly scored three runs off Strasburg in the third, but it was all downhill from there as the Mets were defeated by the Nationals 7-3. The loss dropped their Grapefruit League record to 14-12.
Wheeler pitched out a jam in the first, and breezed through the second before giving up five runs in the third, capped off by a Bryce Harper three-run shot to center field. After a walk to Adam LaRoche, Wheeler was pulled from the game and replaced with Vic Black. Not a good outing especially with the season looming less than a week away. Overall he tossed 2.2 innings, giving up five runs on five hits, with three walks, a home run while striking out only one batter.
Jeurys Familia had his first rough outing of the Spring, tossing one inning and letting up a run on three hits and three walks.
Travis d’Arnaud hit a hanging hook from Strasburg to left field and the wind helped it over the fence for his second homer of the Spring. He finished 1 for 2, with a run scored and an RBI.
Eric Young Jr, (1 for 2, R, RBI) batting lead-off doubled down the right field corner in the third to score a run and put the Mets up 2-0. David Wright (1 for 2, RBI), with two outs, brought in EY Jr with a single to make it 3-0 at the time.
The Mets travel to Kissimmee on Wednesday to play the Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium, with first pitch at 6:05 PM. Opening Day starter Dillon Gee will make his final spring tuneup.
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