2B Jordany Valdespin was 1-5 with an RBI and two 2K and a stolen base from the leadoff spot.
CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis was 2-3 with a double, a walk, two RBI and two R from the #8 spot in the Mesa order.
Valdespin's AFL campaign could be seen as a long audition for a 40-man roster spot.
The best news for Mets fans was on the mound where Brad Holt and Nick Carr combined on five scoreless innings. Holt's line in his AFL debut: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K. Twenty-three of his 37 pitches (62%) were strikes. The best part: one walk. Holt had just one start in the Florida State League this year in which he issued just one walk.
Lets dissect Holt's post-game comments to told Danny Wild of MLB.com:
"It's good having a little success. It feels real good, it's nice. It was a good start, it's good to get back out there."I can barely imagine how frustrating 2010 was for Holt. And yet I think that his mental problems also became physical ones. I didn't have one person tell me his velocity was back up to 2008 levels.
"I've been looking forward to [the AFL] a lot. That was the biggest thing toward the end of the year," Holt said. "I knew it, the coordinators knew it -- it was a mental year, I got caught in the quicksand and it's hard to come out of it. It was just all in my head, it was frustrating all year."
"I went to instructs, and just being down there, it helped clear my head after the season and allowed me to get back in the zone. I felt comfortable, I started throwing strikes and I think it's continued."I'm glad Holt feels like the "old" him as long as it's a feeling of dominance, like when he shoved in the New York Penn League in 2008 or the Florida Sate League in the first half of 2009. However, at no time in that sequence, did he ever command four pitches for strikes. If he really can do that now, he's a better pitcher than he's ever been before.
"I'm throwing four pitches for strikes, keeping it down, and right now everything is positive. And I want to keep it that way. It's coming back together to the point where I feel like the old me."
I've been pushing Carr as a sleeper for years now. As many control problems as he's had, it was nice to see him toss a two innings with one hit and one strikeout, but zero walks. He threw 64%, or 16 of 25 pitches for strikes.