Saturday, March 26, 2016

The New York Mets tie the St. Louis Cardinals in grapefruit league action

The New York Mets played to a tie on Friday afternoon against the St. Louis Cardinals.  The game took place at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, Florida and the final score was 5-5.  Noah Syndergaard started for the Mets and pitched well.  Neil Walker, Wilmer Flores and Matt Reynolds each had two hits and Reynolds had three RBI. 

Syndergaard pitched six innings giving up five hits nad two runs with no walks and nine strikeouts.  Jerry Blevins pitched to one batter and struck him out, Jim Henderson pitched to two batters retiring them both and Addison Reed pitched an inning giving up a hit and he struck out one.  Jeurys Familia pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up four hits and three runs with two walks and Zach Thornton pitched 2/3 of an inning retiring both batters that he faced. 

Alejandro De Aza had a hit, David Wright drew a walk and Eric Campbell had a hit.  Curtis Granderson had a hit and drew a walk, Kevin Kaczmarski had a hit and an RBI and Walker had two hits.  Flores had two hits, Kevin Plawecki had a hit and drew a walk and Juan Lagares had a hit.  Reynolds had two hits and three RBI, Travis d'Arnaud had an RBI and Plawecki and Flores each hit a double.  The Mets were 4-9 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base.  Campbell had a stolen base and Granderson was caught stealing.  Granderson had an outfield assist. 

In the second Reynolds hit an RBI single to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.  In the fourth Matt Adams hit an RBI double to tie the game at one.  In the bottom of the fourth Reynolds hit an RBI single giving the Mets a 2-1 lead.  In the fifth Matt Carpenter hit an RBI double to tie the game at two.  In the sixth Reynolds hit a sac fly to make it 3-2 Mets.  d'Arnaud hit a sac fly to make it 4-2 Mets in the sixth.  In the ninth Randal Grichuk hit a solo homerun to cut the lead to 4-3 and Jedd Gyorko hit an RBI double to tie the game at four.  Greg Garcia drew an RBI walk to give the Cardinals a 5-4 lead.  In the bottom of the ninth Kevin Kaczmarski hit an RBI single to tie the game at five and that is how it would end.  The Mets spring record is 7-13 and they have three tie games.  They will play the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium in Orlando, Florida on Saturday afternoon. 

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