Digital Domain Park, that is, the spring training home of the Mets. Mike Pelfrey was rusty in his spring debut, allowing four runs while striking out none, walking two and allowing a home run in 2.2 innings of work. The key words here are "spring debut." There will be plenty of legitimate opportunities to grouse about atrocious pitching this season -- this is surely not one of them. Pelf was apparently throwing only two-seam fastballs (sinkers) under instructions from Dan Warthen. The time to work out the kinks is now, and Pelfrey was correct to say this after the game:
I think it's too early to worry about the results.
Pelf's Marlins counterpart Carlos Zambrano didn't fare much better. He allowed three runs in 1.1 innings pitched, with Mets catcher Lucas May (who?) driving in two on a first inning double. Mike Baxter singled May home soon after. Adam Loewen impressed with a solo home run off Chad Gaudin in the fourth inning to close out the Mets' scoring. With Scott Hairston's status unknown due to an oblique injury, Baxter and Loewen could emerge as needed pieces come Opening Day.
Hanley Ramirez hit a solo home run off Frank Francisco in the fifth inning to break a 4-4 tie and put the Marlins ahead for good. Jon Rauch followed Francisco with two scoreless innings and two strikeouts. Tim Byrdak and Armando Rodriguez each tossed a scoreless frame of their own. Check out ESPN.com for the full boxscore, which appears to have been created with a typewriter.
The Mets travel to Disney World tomorrow to face the Braves at 1:05pm.
The game will not be on television or radio, so MLB Gameday is the best bet for following the action. The game will not be on SNY or WFAN, but MLB.tv subscribers can listen to the Braves' radio broadcast.
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