Jacob deGrom dominated in his five innings of work, and the New York Mets rallied late to tie the Baltimore Orioles 4-4 at First Data Field on Friday afternoon.
Jacob deGrom pithed beautifully in his second start of the spring. He kept the Orioles hitters off balance all afternoon with help from his changeup.
DeGrom opened up the game with a five-pitch first inning, which included a strike out of Manny Machado. The dominance continued in the second, as deGrom struck out the side, including both Pedro Alvarez and Trey Mancini.
The domination continued as deGrom struck out a pair while retiring the Orioles in order in both the fifth and the sixth innings. DeGrom finished out the start having retired the last seven batters he faced.
In total, deGrom threw 55 pitches over five innings, while allowing no runs on one hit, and striking out eight.
Seth Lugo and Paul Sewald both continued their strong spring’s, both throwing a scoreless inning. Lugo worked around a leadoff double with a pair of strikeouts and a groundout. And Sewald struck out a batter and worked around a two out walk. Lugo lowered his spring ERA to 1.69 and Sewald lowered his to 1.93.
Adrian Gonzalez has been putting the ball in play a bit more as of late. He picked up the Mets first hit of the game with a two-out single in the first. He finished 1 for 4.
The Mets struck first in the second inning sparked by an Asdrubal Cabrera a two-out double over the head of left fielder Trey Mancini. On the first pitch he saw, Jay Bruce drove in Cabrera with an RBI single to right.
The Mets threatened to tie the game in the seventh as Jose Reyes lined a leadoff double into the right field corner. However, a pair of fly outs and an Amed Rosario pop out stranded Reyes in scoring position.
Cabrera tied the game at two in the bottom of the eighth with his first home run of the spring, a solo shot to deep center field. Cabrera went 2 for 4 with a home run and a double out of the leadoff spot.
The Mets sparked a rally to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth as Todd Frazier led off the inning with a walk. After Jose Lobaton reached on an error, Phillip Evans continued his strong spring as he cut the lead to 4-3 with an RBI double to left.
Amed Rosario struck out on three pitches with the tying and winning run on base and only one out. Luckily for the Mets a couple of pitches later, Ty Kelly came in to score the tying run on a wild pitch.
However, Juan Lagares grounded out to third stranding the winning run on base and ending the game in a 4-4 tie.
A.J. Griffin will make his first start of the spring as the Mets travel to the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm to take on Tanner Roark and the Washington Nationals. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.