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Mets 9, Marlins 4 and Nats 6, Mets 5: Duda, Valdespin, and Gronauer Each Hit a 3-Run Bomb

Mets 9, Marlins 4
Dillon Gee got the start visiting the Marlins and fared quite well, pitching 3 innings with 2 strikeouts, 0 walks, and 0 runs allowed.  Boof Bonser pitched the next two innings and got beat up in the 5th as he allowed the Marlins to tie the game with 3 runs.  Pedro Beato pitched an eventful inning which included a hit, a walk, and an error by Russ Adams, but he picked up a strikeout and didn't allow any runs to score.  John Lujan and Armando Rodriguez also pitched a scoreless inning a piece, and Ryota Igarashi allowed 1 run in his inning of work.

This Mets squad had no problems scoring runs as both Jordany Valdespin and Kai Gronaeur launched 3-run home runs.  Josh Thole and Willie harris had 2 hits a piece, and Fernando Martinez picked up a hit and a walk.  Brad Emaus failed to reach base as he went 0-for-3 on the day.

Nationals 6, Mets 5
Mike Pelfrey started the game and had an awful first inning in which he allowed 3 runs.  He went on to pitch 4+ innings but allowed a 4th run as he walked the leadoff hitter in the 5th inning before Taylor Tankersley entered the game.  The Tank allowed a hit and recorded a strikeout, and then Taylor Buccholz came on for 1.2 scoreless innings.  Manny Alvarez allowed 2 runs on 3 hits in the 7th inning, putting the Mets down 6-1 at the time.  Manny Acosta was the better Manny today, pitching another 1-2-3 inning.

The Mets' bats were quiet for most of this game before busting out 4 runs in the 9th inning and coming up just a run shy.  Luis Castillo was 0-for-3 in his DH role today while Daniel Murphy went 1-for-5 as he manned second base.  David Wright won't go hitless this spring as he picked up his first today.  Lucas Duda was highlight at the plate as he went 2-for-4 with a 3-run home run.

Second Base Competition
Since there's considerable interest in the competition for second base, here's a quick look at how each of the candidates have performed through today.

Castillo 17 0.176 0.263 0.176 23 1
Emaus 15 0.133 0.278 0.133 33 1
Murphy 29 0.276 0.300 0.414 29 0
Turner 18 0.167 0.211 0.222 15 0

Obviously, these are super-small samples, but seeing as how the position is up for grabs, these numbers figure to play a part in the Mets' decision-making process.

The Mets host the Marlins tomorrow at 1:10 pm, and the game can be viewed on SNY.