The New York Mets defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5 in a Spring Training game defined by a single inning. David Peterson got the start for the Mets today, with Carlos Martinez on the hill for the Cardinals. Peterson struck out only 1 batter over 4 innings, while giving up 5 hits, 3 earned runs, and 2 walks. Martinez also went 4 innings, striking out 3, walking 1, and allowing 2 earned runs on 5 hits.
Michael Conforto was the standout hitter for the Mets today going 3-3 and driving in 2 runs. His future with the Mets will be a big question over the next few weeks as a potential extension looms. Dominic Smith also had a RBI single early, but St. Louis had a 4-2 lead going into the bottom of the fifth.
A Memorable Bottom of the Fifth
Luis Guillorme led off the 5th inning facing the Cardinals’ flamethrowing reliever Jordan Hicks. Hicks made his Spring debut for the Cardinals, as he made his first appearance in 2 years recovering from Tommy John surgery. Hicks only faced one batter, but it was unforgettable.
The Spring Training legend himself, Luis Guillorme somehow managed to draw a walk by working the count to 22 pitches. You heard that right, Luis Guillorme was able to stay in the batter’s box for 22 pitches. After a quick 0-2 count early, Guillorme managed to foul off 16 pitches and draw 4 balls, which ended in a walk. The entire at bat lasted 15 minutes and Guillorme saw 6 pitches 100 MPH+.
Not only was this a Spring Training record for most pitches in an at bat, but a Major League record (if the game counted). The official record is held by Brandon Belt who ended a 21-pitch at bat in 2018 with a fly out.
After the game Hicks said, “Hell of a job by him. Way to battle.”
Luis Guillorme’s 22-pitch walk was the catalyst of a 5th inning rally for the Mets. 9 batters came to the plate in the inning with 5 runs scoring. The inning would ultimately be the difference maker for the Mets.
What’s Next for the Mets
The 6-5-1 Mets will be off tomorrow, but will be right back at it on Tuesday against the Houston Astros. The game should be a good one as Jacob deGrom will get the ball for the Mets. The game will start at 1:10 PM EST and will be broadcasted live on SNY and MLB Network. This will be deGrom’s first televised game this Spring.