The Mets played a pair of split squad games this afternoon, losing to the Houston Astros at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches while scratching out a win against the Boston Red Sox at First Data Field.
Astros 12, Mets 2
Robert Gsellman toed the rubber for this afternoon’s split squad game against the Astros, and allowed two runs on five hits while striking out one before handing the ball over to Josh Edgin who turned in a clean frame.
Logan Taylor came on in the fourth and was touched up to the tune of five runs (three unearned) in an inning of work.
On the offensive side, the Mets put up two runs in their game versus Houston, scattering six hits.
Asdrubal Cabrera hit his second homer of the spring in the fourth that cut the lead in half to 2-1 at the time.
By the time the Mets were able to put across their second run of the game on a sacrifice fly from Juan Lagares, it would already be too late as the Astros had jumped out to a five run lead, which would be enough to carry them to victory.
Mets 8, Red Sox 7
Noah Syndergaard got the ball against the BoSox and tossed 2.1 scoreless inning, scattering three hits and striking out one.
P.J. Conlon was next in line and was lit up for four runs in just 1.2 innings of work.
Tom Gorzellany tossed a clean eighth with two strikeouts and Corey Taylor shut the door for the Mets to earn his second save of the spring, regardless of allowing the Red Sox to get within one run late in the game.
Down 4-1 in the fourth, Jay Bruce touched them all after launching his first homer of the spring to right to cut the deficit to one.
Later in the inning, Tim Tebow grounded into a double play, but tied up the game at four in the process.
Jay Bruce drove another run in in the fifth with a double to right that gave the Mets a lead they would not relinquish, and Neil Walker gave them some insurance with a base clearing double in the sixth.
In his debut, Tim Tebow went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts looking, grounded into a double play, got hit by a pitch, and picked off first base. He did get a couple of standing ovations.