The New York Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves 8-2 in their 2015 spring training opener Wednesday in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Overall, it was an impressive first game for the Amazins’ to start a season with increased expectations from the past few years.
Dillon Gee, who is likely slated for the bullpen in 2015, started for the Mets, allowing two runs in two innings.
After Gee, New York pitchers were lights out. Jon Velasquez, Jack Leathersich, Zach Thornton, Dario Alvarez, Akeel Morris and Erik Goeddel all put up zeros following Gee’s exit. Leathersich did struggle with his control, which has been a problem throughout his whole minor league career, walking two. Morris and Goeddel were especially effective, throwing very quick, scoreless innings.
On the offensive side, things were very bright for the team in blue. Johnny Monell put the capper on the day with a three-run home run in the sixth inning. Kirk Nieuwenhuis had an outstanding game, going 4-for-4 from the plate with an RBI and a run. Other top performers offensively for the Mets were Matt Reynolds, who went 2-for-3, Eric Campbell and Kevin Plawecki, all driving in a run. Juan Lagares chipped in with a hit, a walk and a run scored in the leadoff spot.
Wilmer Flores left the game in the fifth inning after being hit on his left pinky by a pitch. In speaking to the media after the game, Flores said, “It wasn’t bad. I was fine. It did hit me a little bit, but it’s not a big deal. Nothing to worry about.” He was not scheduled to travel and play in Thursday’s game against the Nationals in Viera, so the Mets’ shortstop will get a day to rest.
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) March 4, 2015