The New York Mets defeated the Detroit Tigers by the score of 11-0. The game was played at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida. Jon Niese started for the Mets and pitched well and Brian Bixler had a good game for the Mets offense.
Niese pitched 4 2/3 innings giving up a hit and walking four and picking up the win. Greg Burke pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up a hit, Jenrry Mejia pitched an inning giving up a hit and Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout. Aaron Laffey pitched two innings giving up two hits and walking one.
Jordany Valdespin had a hit and an RBI, Bixler had three hits and two RBI and Ruben Tejada drew a walk. Ike Davis had a hit and two RBI, Josh Satin drew two walks and and Lucas Duda drew a walk. Zach Lutz had a hit and drew a walk, Mike Baxter had a hit and Jamie Hoffman had a hit and an RBI. John Buck had two hits, Anthony Recker had two hits and Matthew den Dekker had a hit and two RBI. Colin Cowgill had a hit, Brandon Hicks had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk. Buck hit two doubles, Valdespin, Hicks and Bixler all hit a homerun. The Mets were 6-16 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base. Baxter was caught stealing and Valdespin committed an error.
Justin Verlander took the loss pitching 4 1/3 innings giving up four hits and five runs with two walks and three strikeouts. Kenny Faulk pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up a hit and drew a walk, Kyle Lobstein pitched an inning giving up two hits and two unearned runs and Phil Coke pitched an inning giving up four hits and three runs with a walk. Trevor Bell pitched an inning giving up two hits and a run with two walks and Bruce Rondon pitched an inning giving up two hits and struck out one.
Torii Hunter had a hit, Brennan Boesch had a hit and Prince Fielder drew a walk. Matt Tuiasosopo had two hits and drew a walk, Jeff Kobernus drew a walk and Ramon Santiago drew a walk. Hernan Perez had a hit, Danny Worth drew a walk. Tuiasosopo hit a double and the Tigers were 0-5 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base. Fielder was caught stealing, Boesch committed an error and Boesch had an outfield assist.
The Mets scored a run in the first and two in the second to take a 3-0 lead. Valdespin hit a solo homerun, Buck scored on a balk and Hicks hit a solo homerun. Davis hit a two run single in the fifth and in the sixth Hicks reached on a fielding error to score a run and Bixler hit an RBI single to make it 7-0 Mets. Hoffman hit an RBI single, den Dekker hit a two run single to give the Mets a 10-0 lead. The Mets tacked on another run in the eighth to make it 11-0 and that was the final score.
The Mets record improved to 6-6 on the spring and the Tigers are now 9-8. The Mets will have the day off on Tuesday and the Tigers will play at the Philadelphia Phillies.
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