Spring Training Recap: Mets Win Opener 6-2 Over Braves

The New York Mets used a six-run eighth inning to defeat the Atlanta Braves 6-2 in their Grapefruit League opener on Friday afternoon.

Pitching

Zack Wheeler threw a scoreless first inning, he struck out two batters, and his fastball topped out at 97 MPH. He threw 15 pitches and his fastball had late movement on it.

Hansel Robles and Jacob Rhame both also struck out a pair of batters in a scoreless inning each.

Jamie Callahan allowed two hits, and struck out one in a scoreless inning of his own.

Chris Flexen allowed the first run of the game in the top of the fifth, as Alex Jackson singled home Danny Santana. He was hurt by two errors made behind him on defense.

Mets 2017 Minor League Pitcher of the Year Corey Oswalt struck out four batters in a pair of scoreless innings. He showed off a good mix for four pitches.

Tyler Bashlor walked a pair of batters and allowed a run to score on Christian Pache RBI single in his inning of work.

Drew Smith, acquired in the Lucas Duda trade, struck out two batters in a 1-2-3 ninth inning. The pitching staff as a whole struck out 13 and walked only two.

Hitting

The Mets were limited to only two hits on the afternoon until the eighth inning.

Todd Frazier picked up his first hit as a Met when he singled off the shortstops glove in the bottom of the first.

Amed Rosario lined a two out, two strike single up the middle in his first at bat. He also hit the ball hard in his second at-bat.

Trailing 2-0 in the eighth the Mets were able to spark their first rally of the game.

Gavin Cecchini was hit by a pitch and Luis Guillorme reached on a single, setting up runners on first and second with no men out.

A batter later, Zach Borenstein tied the game with a two-run double to center. After a pair of ground outs and a walk, Borenstein came around to score as the Mets took a 3-2 lead on a two-out David Thompson RBI single.

A Philip Evans walk loaded the bases, followed by three straight bases loaded walks, increasing the Mets lead to 6-2.

Up Next

The Mets are back in action tomorrow afternoon as they host the St. Louis Cardinals at First Data Field at 1:10 p.m. Seth Lugo is expected to make the start for New York.

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