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Twins 4, Mets 3: Pelfrey, Igarashi Struggle

Today, Jose Reyes was Mr. OBP.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
Today, Jose Reyes was Mr. OBP. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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The Mets played a rare spring training game against the Twins this afternoon and lost 4 to 3.  Mike Pelfrey got knocked around a bit in 5 innings, giving up 3 runs on 9 hits.  He only struck out one, but he didn't issue a walk, either.  Taylor Buccholz and Michael O'Connor each pitched a scoreless inning, but Ryota Igarashi allowed 2 hits and the winning run in the bottom of the 9th.  Since he was designated for assignment and removed from the 40-man roster, Igarashi didn't figure to make the team, and his performance today isn't going to change any minds.

Jose Reyes got on base in each of his 3 plate appearances with a hit and a pair of walks. On the other side of the middle infield, Luis Castillo went 1-for-3 before Justin Turner took over at second base for the bottom half of the 6th inning.  Turner would go 1-for-2 in his at-bats that followed.  Brad Emaus made the most of a pinch-hitting opportunity with a double in the 8th inning, scoring after a pair of outs were made.  Most of the other Mets had a hit, and Nick Evans had 2, including a double of his own.  

Player AB AVG OBP SLG INN E
Castillo 28 0.268 0.355 0.268 45 1
Emaus 22 0.227 0.320 0.273 36 2
Murphy 33 0.303 0.324 0.455 37 2
Turner 27 0.222 0.250 0.259 21 0

Playing time is starting to even out a bit for the candidates, though Justin Turner has seen the least time fielding the position.  How the allocation of playing time and performance of each player influences upcoming roster decisions remains to be seen, but clearly no one is lighting things up yet.

The Mets take the field again tomorrow at 1:05 pm as they visit the Red Sox.  The revolution spring training game will not be televised.  Or broadcast on the radio.

Game Thread Roll Call
Nice job by KeithsMoustache; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.

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1 KeithsMoustache 36
2 Russ 32
3 David G 19
4 the caveman 13
5 fxcarden 12