The New York Mets lost to the Washington Nationals by a final of 6-4 this afternoon in a road contest at the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm (box score).
The Mets put runners on first and second against Stephen Strasburg to open the ballgame thanks to a dropped strikeout of Brandon Nimmo and subsequent Keon Broxton walk, but failed to take the righty any further, with Strasburg retiring nine of the next ten Met batters (four via strikeout).
On the rubber for New York, Jacob deGrom had some trouble in the bottom of the first, allowing a hit to Anthony Rendon amid one-out walks to Adam Eaton and Juan Soto. Eaton would score on a sacrifice fly to right off the bat of Ryan Zimmerman, and would go on to swat an opposite-field homer with one away in the third. DeGrom was relieved by Arquimedes Caminero in the fourth inning, leaving behind a final line of two runs, two hits, two walks, and four strikeouts.
Caminero walked two – with one run scoring on a soft infield hit from catcher Yan Gomes. He has now allowed six runs in his first three and one-third innings, posting a 2.58 WHIP in that time.
Following a scoreless fifth inning from Eric Hanhold, the Mets threatened with more walks – this time a trio against newly-signed Nats reliever Trevor Rosenthal. Standing in with two outs against dispatched left-hander Matt Grace, Tim Tebow singled with a ground ball into center field to bring in the Mets’ first run. J.D. Davis was immediately gunned down trying to reach third to end the rally, however.
Ryan O’Rourke gave the run back in the bottom half of the sixth, after a two-out walk and a pair of singles scored pinch-runner Luis Garcia to mark the lefty’s first earned run allowed of the spring. O’Rourke struck out outfielder Andrew Stevenson the following plate appearance to keep the deficit at three.
The Mets picked up where they left off against Grace in the seventh, with Dilson Herrera stroking a one-out double, Keon Broxton walking, and Michael Conforto plating both with a groundball base hit to left. Both Broxton and Conforto grabbed an extra base following an error by minor-league left fielder Telmito Agustin. For Broxton, the walk was his third free pass of the afternoon and gave him the team lead over Gavin Cecchini with seven.
Tomás Nido quickly put a number up of his own, lining a single to right to bring in Braxton Lee (Conforto’s pinch-runner) and tie matters at four apiece. Grace left after another opposite-field hit, this time from Pete Alonso, and righty Wander Suero promptly quelled the hit parade by striking out J.D. Davis.
After the Mets stranded Andres Gimenez at second with an inning-ending double play, left-hander Daniel Zamora surrendered a two-run single from Andrew Stevenson. Zamora’s three-hit, two-walk performance would ultimately take the loss, and left his spring ERA at 9.82. Tim Peterson recorded the final out of the eighth to leave the bases loaded.
With two out in the ninth and Lee on first base, Alonso notched his first extra-base hit of the day, doubling to right to put the tying run in scoring position. Alonso was lifted for pinch-runner and fellow top-prospect Ronny Mauricio, capping off another multi-hit game. J.D. Davis walked to bring Gimenez up with the bases loaded, but Gimenez would ground into a 3-1 putout to end the ballgame.
Alonso had a 1.276 OPS this spring after the two-hit game. Broxton walked three times in the game and leads the team with seven this spring. Herrera was one base twice with a double and walk.
The Mets take things back to Port St. Lucie tomorrow for a 1:10 p.m. home matchup against the Miami Marlins. Dan Straily will take the ball for Miami against Noah Syndergaard. The game can be accessed both via television (SNY) and the Marlins’ radio station.