In the second to last spring training game, the Mets mostly played with a cast of backups and minor leaguers, and still bested the St. Louis Cardinals.
On The Mound
Johan Santana made his last start of the spring, pitching in only three innings. He allowed two hits, both solo home runs, while striking out two. He faced 11 batters.
A final tune up for the first start on April 6 in Cincinnati.
Bobby Parnell pitched one inning, allowing one hit, one walk and striking out one. Elmer Dessens threw two innings of shut out baseball, allowing two hits and striking out two. Darren O'Day notched a hitless inning, walking one and striking out one.
Parnell and O'Day will be heading north with the team and will be looked upon for clutch performances out of the bullpen. Dessens will also head north, but will land in Buffalo to pitch for the Bisons. I'm surprised he made it this far into camp.
Roy Merritt (who?) allowed one hit in 1-3 of an inning. Brian Stokes finished out the game with 1 2-3 innings of one hit baseball, walking two.
If you've heard of Merritt, you win...something...
At The Plate
Three Mets had two hits and three Mets had one hit.
Alex Cora, Jeremy Reed and Omir Santos had the two hits for the club, with Santos hitting two home runs. A two-run home run and a solo home run, both off of Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse.
Santos has really been playing well lately. Very good to see.
Rene Rivera picked up the other two RBIs for the Mets with a two-run home run of his own off of Kyle McClellan.
Big day for the catchers.
The Mets will play their final spring training game before breaking camp to take on the Boston Red Sox in two exhibition games at Citi Field. They will play tomorrow against the Baltimore Orioles at 1:10 p.m. The game is not on TV.