Jacob deGrom was stretched out to 80 pitches over five innings of work in his longest start of the spring. He struggled a bit in the first and third but cruised in the second, fourth, and fifth as he ended his outing with back-to-back strikeouts. In total, deGrom was charged with two earned runs — both coming on a home run by Brian Anderson in the third — on six hits. He also struck out six batters without allowing a walk. In the process, deGrom lowered his spring ERA to 3.75.
The Mets offense was mostly silent, as they ended the afternoon with just six hits. They scored their lone run in the sixth inning, when Dominic Smith doubled to drive in Juan Lagares.
Some more notes from today’s game:
- The Mets’ lineup did next to nothing against Trevor Richards over the first five innings. In total, they were able to muster just two doubles and a walk while striking out six times against Richards.
- In the first inning, Lagares threw out Anderson — who was trying to go from first to third on a Neil Walker single — to record his first outfield assist of the spring.
- Hector Santiago pitched another impressive inning to solidify his chances at making the team’s bullpen. Santiago hit Walker to open his sixth inning appearance but responded by striking the next three batters. In six innings this spring, he has allowed just one earned run on four hits while recording 11 strikeouts.
- Tyler Bashlor allowed five straight two-out hits in the seventh as the Marlins tacked on four runs to put the game out of reach. Jon Berti, who picked up the last of those five hits, was thrown out at second to end the inning before more damage could befall Bashlor. In the process, Bashlor’s spring ERA ballooned from 1.50 to 6.43, which likely puts a serious dent in his chances of making the team’s Opening Day roster.
- Smith, Lagares, Jeff McNeil, Rajai Davis, and Adeiny Hechavarria picked up hits in the loss.
Full box score: MLB.com