It was a very strange game between the New York Mets and Miami Marlins in Port St. Lucie. Most Spring Training games can be very uneventful and boring, but this game really stood out. Marcus Stroman got the start for the Mets today, with Pablo Lopez getting the nod from the Marlins. Both starters pitched 3 innings for their respected team. Stroman in particular wasn’t amazing, as he gave up 2 earned runs, 3 hits, and a walk over his 3 innings of work. The game wasn’t anything too special, until the end of the third inning when the Mets turned an odd double play. Lewis Brinson hit the ball to Jonathan Villar who missed the tag at second, immediately followed by Jose Martinez dropping the ball at first. The umpires for some reason missed both calls.
Weird Fourth Inning for the Mets
Aaron Loup came into the game in the fourth and was immediately greeted by a ringing double, but Jose Martinez injured himself during the play. He ran into the first base umpire and had to leave the game with a noticeable limp. The Mets say he twisted his right knee after the game.
Monte Harrison then hit a line drive shot right towards Kevin Pillar, which was somehow dropped by the noted defender. Lewin Diaz ended up scoring on the play. Harrison could’ve been thrown out at third base the next play, but Jeff McNeil botched the throw and dropped the ball. McNeil had a really tough day in the field, accumulating 3 errors at third base. Even though it may be a one game reaction, Jeff McNeil does not look good at third base. Even last season he looked rough at the hot corner. Second base is definitely his best position.
Speaking of second basemen, Jonathan Villar made up for the Mets costly errors with a three-run tank in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at 3. The Mets picking him up this offseason as a platoon player should be a luxury for this team. The Mets of course haven’t had great depth in recent years.
An Eventful Top of the Ninth
Fast forward to the ninth inning, the game was tied at 4-4. There had already been 4 wild pitches and 3 hit-by-pitches in the game by pitchers when Stephen Nogosek came into the game in the ninth. It’s only Spring Training, but Nogosek had one of the most incredible innings pitched you can have as a reliever.
The right-hander somehow threw 36 pitches without a single ball being put into play. Nogosek walked 3 batters in the inning and struck out 3 batters. The Mets eventually left the game-winning run on third base in the bottom of the ninth. The game was a called a tie soon after.
Upcoming Game for the Mets
The 3-2-1 Mets will head to West Palm Beach to face the Washington Nationals tomorrow. The game will be starting at 1:05 EST with Jordan Yamamoto pitching for the Mets and Joe Ross for the Nationals. The game unfortunately won’t be televised.