The New York Mets were defeated by the Detroit Tigers by the score of 3-2 on Friday afternoon. The game took place at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida. Dillon Gee started for the Mets and pitched pretty well. The Mets offense only managed five hits, Jordany Valdespin had a hit and an RBI.
Gee pitched four innings giving up a hit and a run with three walks and a strikeout. LaTroy Hawkins pitched an inning giving up two hits and struck out one batter, Bobby Parnell pitched a perfect inning and Josh Edgin pitched an inning giving up a hit and a run which was unearned. Edgin walked two batters, Cory Mazzoni took the loss pitching one inning and giving up a hit and a run with two strikeouts.
Valdespin had a hit and an RBI, Colin Cowgill drew two walks and Matthew den Dekker drew a walk. Travis d’Arnaud drew a walk, Landon Powell had a hit and Zach Lutz had a hit and an RBI. Brandon Hicks had a hit and drew a walk, Josh Satin had a hit and Valdespin hit a homerun. The Mets were 1-7 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base. Baxter and Cowgill each had a stolen base. Tovar committed an error and Baxter had an outfield assist.
Max Scherzer pitched 2 2/3 innings giving up three walks and struck out six. Luke Putkonen pitched 2 1/3 innings giving up two hits and a run with a walk and four strikeouts, Phil Coke pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout and Jose Ortega pitched an inning giving up a hit and a run with a strikeout. Bruce Rondon got the win pitching an inning giving up two hits and struck out two and Jose Alvarez got the save pitching an inning and giving up a walk.
Ramon Santiago drew a walk, Tyler Collins had a hit and an RBI and Brennan Boesch drew a walk. Avisail Garcia had a hit, Ramon Cabrera drew a walk and Don Kelly had a hit and drew a walk. Matt Tuiasosopo had two hits, an RBI and drew a walk and hit a double, Collins hit a homerun and the Tigers were 0-5 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the third on an RBI double by Tuiasosopo. In the fourth Lutz hit an RBI single to tie the game at one and in the seventh each team scored a run. Valdespin hit a solo homerun to give the Mets a 2-1 lead and the Tigers tied it at two when Hernan Perez reached on a force attempt error. In the eighth Collins hit a solo homerun to give the Tigers the 3-2 lead and that would be the final score.
The Mets record dropped to 3-6 and the Tigers record improved to 8-6 in the spring. The Mets will host the Houston Astros on Saturday afternoon and the Detroit Tigers will play at the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon.
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