Nats' staff not in sync with offense
In first spring home game, pitching has rough day vs. Mets
METS 14, NATIONALS 6
at Viera, Fla.
Saturday, March 6
Mets at the plate: Outfielder Fernando Martinez went 4-for-4 with two home runs and three runs scored. Mike Jacobs, who is trying to win a job as a bench player, hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning. Shortstop Ruben Tejada had two hits and drove in two runs.
Nationals at the plate: Eric Bruntlett highlighted the scoring with a three-run homer off right-hander Mike Pelfrey in the second inning. Cristian Guzman played in his first game of the spring and went 2-for-4 with one run and an RBI.
Mets on the mound: Pelfrey made his first start of the spring and allowed three earned runs in three innings. His best frame was in the third, when he retired the side in order.
Nationals on the mound: Left-hander John Lannan had a rough first inning, giving up two runs. However, Lannan regrouped and retired the side in order in his next frame. Southpaw Shawn Estes and right-hander Tyler Walker made their Nationals debuts and combined to give up seven runs in two innings. Aaron Thompson was one Washington hurler who pitched well as he pitched two shutout innings and struck out one.
Worth noting: Nationals left fielder Willie Harris made two great catches in the first inning. With the bases loaded, Mike Hessman hit a fly ball to deep left field. Harris ran and made a nice running catch near the wall, but Martinez scored on the play. After Ike Davis singled to make it a 2-0 game, Harris robbed Henry Blanco of a three-run homer by catching the ball over the left-center-field wall.
Grapefruit League records: Mets 4-2; Nationals 0-4.
Up next: The Nationals and Mets face each other again on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. ET, this time at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on MLB.TV. Washington right-hander Jason Marquis will be making his Nats debut.
Mets left-hander Oliver Perez will make his first start of the spring after missing all of September because of a right knee injury. Perez had scar tissue removed from the patella tendon of his right knee.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.