The New York Mets were defeated by the Detroit Tigers on Monday afternoon. The game took place at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida and the final score was 9-2 Tigers. Jacob deGrom was supposed to start the game but stayed behind in Port St. Lucie due to back stiffness. Seth Lugo made the start instead and pitched well, the bullpen had some good and some bad. Wilmer Flores led the offense with three hits.
Lugo pitched two scoreless innings giving up a walk and he struck out two. Robert Gsellman pitched two innings giving up three hits and three runs with three walks, Hansel Robles pitched an inning giving up three hits and two runs with a strikeout and Zach Thornton pitched an inning giving up a hit and he struck out two. Rainy Lara pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up four hits and four runs with a strikeout, Kyle Regnault pitched to one batter and retired him and Gabriel Ynoa pitched an inning giving up a hit and he struck out one.
Flores had three hits, Alejandro De Aza had a hit and an RBI and Kevin Plawecki had two hits and an RBI. Johnny Monell had two hits, Matt Reynolds had a hit and Flores hit two doubles. Monell and Plawecki each hit a double and the Mets were 1-10 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base. Cecchini had a stolen base and Reynolds and De Aza each committed an error.
In the second Plawecki hit an RBI single to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. In the third J.D. Martinez hit an RBI groundout to tie the game at one. In the fourth De Aza hit a sac fly to give the Mets a 2-1 lead adn in the bottom of the fourth Ian Kinsler hit a sac fly to tie the game at two. Justin Upton hit an RBI single in the fourth to make it 3-2 Tigers. In the fifth J.D. Martinez hit a two run homerun to make it 5-2 Tigers. In the seventh Casey McGehee hit an RBI double making it 6-2 Tigers. Mike Aviles hit a three run homerun still in the seventh to push the lead to 9-2 and that would be the final score.
The Mets spring record fell to 5-6 and they have a couple of tie games. The Mets will take on the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida on Tuesday afternoon.