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Mets 5, Nationals 2: Young Pitches Well, Bats Score Some Runs

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In their only night game of spring training, the Mets fielded a starting lineup that could be used at some point of the regular season. Chris Young got the start and pitched 5.1 innings, allowing 1 run on 4 hits with 1 strikeout and 1 walk.   Oliver Perez was called upon, and he walked the first batter he faced but got the next two out.   Pedro Beato followed with a scoreless inning with a strikeout.  Taylor Tankersley, one of a few lefties attempting to make the team, continued to pitch poorly, recording only one out while giving up 1 run, 2 hits, and 2 walk.  Blaine Boyer cleaned up the mess created by Tankersley with a couple of outs, and Francisco Rodriguez pitched a scoreless 9th.

As for the bats, the middle of the order did the damage.  Angel Pagan, David Wright, Jason Bay, and Ike Davis all had a good night at the plate.  Luis Castillo went 0-for-3, and Brad Emaus went 0-for-1 in the game.  Daniel Murphy picked up a hit when he replaced David Wright at third base late in the game.  As Eno pointed out on Fangraphs earlier today, there's a lot more than spring training stats that factors into a roster decision, but the Mets are wise to get their own take on the players competing for the job.

The Mets visit the Twins tomorrow at 1:05.  The game will not be broadcast locally.