The New York Mets picked up their first win this spring by defeating the Houston Astros, 3-1 Saturday afternoon at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee.
Mets’ second baseman Dilson Herrera continued his hot hitting in the fifth inning with an RBI triple to bring in Eric Campbell for the team’s first run of the game. He got the hit off of newly acquired Astros pitcher Ken Giles. Michael Conforto brought in Herrera on a sacrifice fly to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Minor league outfielder Stefan Sabol sealed the deal for the Mets with an RBI sac fly in the ninth.
Mets starter Robert Gsellman, who was the organization’s minor league pitcher of the year in 2015, allowed three hits and one run in two innings. Four Mets relievers also saw some action, including Seth Lugo, Josh Smoker, Zack Thornton, and Antonio Bastardo – making his first appearance for the Mets after signing a two-year, $12 million deal this past offseason.
Mets manager Terry Collins praised Bastardo’s appearance this afternoon.
“He’s experienced and he’s not just a left on left guy. He can get right handed hitters out and he’s going to be a part of that bridge to the ninth inning.”
Astros starter Colin McHugh had a good day on the mound, allowing one hit in two scoreless innings, and throwing 14 strikes of his 18 pitches.
Astros next game will be a split-squad on Sunday against the Blue Jays in Kissimmee and Pirates in Bradenton while the Mets face the Braves in Port St. Lucie.