The New York Mets tied the Detroit Tigers at 5-5 today in Port St. Lucie at First Data Field.
Jacob deGrom made his second start of the spring and looked like he was in midseason form with four scoreless innings. He struck out four, didn’t issue a walk and allowed only two hits. He topped out at 95 MPH with his fastball and the movement on his slider was tremendous. Jacob has yet to allow a run in six spring innings.
Josh Edgin and Ben Rowen combined to throw a scoreless fifth inning. Rafael Montero allowed a run on two hits in the sixth, but added two more strikeouts to his tally to give him 12 in eight innings this spring compared to only three walks.
The Tigers closed the gap to 4-3 in the seventh inning with two runs off Erik Goeddel. They would then tie the game up with one run off Chasen Bradford in eighth.
Paul Sewald came on to pitch the ninth in a 4-4 game and gave up a home run to the first batter he faced in JaCoby Jones.
Mets outfield prospect Champ Stuart gave them a 2-0 lead in the third inning with a two-run homer to left field. Later in the inning, Yoenis Cespedes hit another two-run homer to make 4-0.
Cespedes went 2 for 3 on the day raising his spring average to .526 with three home runs.
Asdrubal Cabrera went 2 for 3 with a one run scored on the afternoon. Slick fielding prospect Luis Guillorme went 1 for 5 as the leadoff man and third baseman.
Outfield prospect John Mora brought home the tying run in the bottom of the ninth with a two-out triple.
The Mets have two games tomorrow, one at First Data Field against the Houston Astros at 1:10 PM and another vs the Braves at Champion Stadium at ESPN Wide World of Sports with a 1:05 PM start. Zack Wheeler will make his first start of the spring against the Braves while Matt Harvey will start against the Astros.