The New York Mets lost in walk-off fashion to the Atlanta Braves by a score of 5-4 this afternoon at Champion Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The loss brings the Mets’ record in Grapefruit League play to 3-3-1.
Matt Harvey made his spring debut and his velocity was at 96-97 mph in his three innings of work. After retiring the first four batters he faced in order on just seven pitches, he went onto allow just one run on the day on three hits and two walks in his 41 pitch effort. Harvey struck out one and got out of a couple of bases loaded jams.
“That’s what spring is about,” Harvey said after the game. “You have to amp things up and get into those situations. You’re never really going to learn from anything if you go 1-2-3 with seven or eight pitches throughout the whole thing. Obviously it’s spring training. Getting into those situations where you’re adrenaline starts pumping up a little bit, it’s good practice.”
The Mets scored three runs in the 4th inning thanks to a clutch two-run single by Juan Lagares to score Michael Conforto and Eric Campbell. Lagares continued a torrid spring by going 2-for-2 with a walk, run, two RBIs and two stolen bases. He’s now batting .500 with a 1.071 OPS.
“He’s in tremendous shape,” Terry Collins said during the postgame. “I think it’s a tribute to him the way he’s gone about things. He’s having a good spring. He’s bound and determined to show us that he belongs back in the lineup.”
Wilmer Flores also continued swinging a hot bat going 3-for-3 with an RBI while getting the start at third base where he also committed a throwing error.
Jacob deGrom will take on the the New York Yankees on Wednesday at Tradition Field in a 1:10 PM start.