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- Jon Niese started for the Mets, and allowed one hit and four walks over 4 2/3 innings.
- For the second day in a row, Jeurys Familia contributed a scoreless inning of relief - he now has a 3.00 ERA in six appearances this spring.
- Jordany Valdespin led the game off with a home run, but left the game after he was hit by a pitch in his groin in the fifth inning - Valdespin is now hitting .370 with three home runs this spring.
- Matt den Dekker made another outstanding catch in center field, and while he struck out twice, he delivered a two-run single in the seventh inning.
- Ike Davis had two RBI - a two-run single off LHP Kenny Faulk.
- Brandon Hicks and Brian Bixler each hit solo home runs.
For a full recap and box score, check out SNY.TV.
Luckily, Valdespin is ok - he joked with reporters about getting drilled in the groin afterwards, but getting hit there by a Justin Verlander fastball can't be fun. He has had a very good spring, and he has shown his versatility all over the diamond to this point as well...
The good and the bad were on display for den Dekker today. He made another outstanding running catch in the outfield to save an extra-base hit, he delivered a two-run single in the eighth inning, but he struck out two more times to give him ten in 27 at-bats this spring. Yes, today the strikeouts came against Justin Verlander, but this is den Dekker's problem and he is struggling to overcome it despite a lot of hard work. However, he potentially saved some runs with his stellar catch, and his single was even more productive - those moments far outweighed the negative ones on his day. If he can walk a little more and slice the strikeouts by even a small fraction, that along with his defensive production could make the decision academic.
The Mets are off tomorrow, but they resume Grapefruit League play on Wednesday against the Nationals in Viera. Matt Harvey will face Washington at 1:05 pm.