The New York Mets were defeated by the Washington Nationals on Friday afternoon. The game took place at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, Florida and the final score was 12-7 Mets. Bartolo Colon started for the Mets and pitched poorly. David Wright and Michael Conforto each had a couple of hits to lead the offense but Conforto also had four RBI.
Colon pitched five innings giving up nine hits and eight runs with five strikeouts. Buddy Carlyle pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up three hits and four runs with two of them being earned and he walked one, Zach Thornton pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up a hit and he struck out one and Jim Henderson pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout. Addison Reed pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout and Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect inning striking out two.
Alejandro De Aza had a hit, Wright had two hits and Eric Campbell had a hit and drew a walk. Yoenis Cespedes had a hit and an RBI, Lucas Duda had a hit and drew a walk and Marc Krauss drew a walk. T.J. Rivera had a hit and an RBI, Conforto had two hits and four RBI and Wilmer Flores had a hit. Kevin Plawecki drew a walk, Juan Lagares had a hit and an RBI and Cespedes and Campbell each hit a double. Lagares, Rivera and Conforto each hit a homerun and the Mets were 1-9 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base. Cespedes was picked off and Rivera committed an error.
In the first Daniel Murphy hit an RBI double to give the Nationals a 1-0 lead. Stephen Drew hit an RBI double to make it 2-0 and Danny Espinosa hit a three run homerun to push the lead to 5-0 all in the first inning. In the second Michael Taylor hit a solo homerun to push the lead to 6-0 Nationals. In the third Lagares hit a solo homerun to cut the lead to 6-1. Cespedes hit an RBI double making it a 6-2 game. In the fourth Jose Lobaton hit an RBI double giving the Nationals a 7-2 lead. In the fifth Chris Heisey hit a solo homerun making it 8-2 and in the sixth Matt den Dekker hit an RBI single to push the lead to 9-2. Drew reached on a fielding error and two runs scored to make it 11-2 and then Heisey hit an RBI single pushing the lead to 12-2 in the sixth. Rivera hit a solo homerun in the sixth and in the ninth Conforto hit a grand slam to cut the lead to 12-7 but that would be the final score. The Mets record fell to 7-7 in the spring with a couple of ties.