Mets and Astros Battle to a 7-7 Tie

The Astros got a game tying RBI single from George Springer that bounced over the head of second baseman Phillip Evans.  With the bases loaded and one out they could drive in the go ahead run, Brandon Barnes and Brandon Laird grounding out to third for the second and third out to leave it at a 7-7 tie.

The Mets scored first when Jamie Hoffman smoked a ball over the left centerfield fence in the top of the second to take a 1-0 lead.  Fernando Martinez responded with a homerun in the bottom of the second, a line drive shot over the right field fence.  Fernando started his career with the Mets.

In the top of the third Jordany Valdespin went deep against Jose Veras yanking a 2-run homer into right center field to take a 3-1 lead.  After walking Collin Cowgill, Veras bore down and struck out the remaining three hitters.

Recently acquired Brad Peacock came out to pitch in the fourth for the Astros.  He had trouble throwing strikes, walking Jamie Hoffman and Omar QuintanillaJosh Satin roped a double into the right field corner to score two and Cowgill drove in the third run in the inning with a single, Marwin Gonzalez almost making a spectacular play at short to rob him of a hit in the hole.

Down 6-1 the Astros battled back.  Jason Castro lined a homerun into right field off Jeremy Hefner, almost in the same spot as Martinez to get the Mets to within three.  Jeurys Familia came on in the fifth and had trouble with his command.  A walk and a single put runners at second and third with two outs.  Brett Wallace drove in two runs with a clutch single.  After pinchrunner Delino Deshields stole second and advanced to third when the ball was thrown into centerfield, he scored on a wild pitch to tie the game.

The Mets were able to take the lead off Sergio Escalona, getting three straight hits to bring in the go ahead run.  Wilfredo Tovar drove in the go ahead run with a line drive single over the second baseman.

For the Mets Collin Cowgirl had two hits, a single and double in two at bats with one walk and two stolen bases.  He was recently acquired from the Diamondbacks.  Josh Satin stroked two doubles and was hit by a pitch, but also ground into a double play in the eighth with runners on first and third.  Lucas Duda struggled with four whiffs in four at bats and now has six strikeouts in seven at bats for the spring.  He seemed to really have trouble laying off the breaking pitch diving in the dirt, and swinging and missing at pitches above his chest.

For the Astros George Springer walked twice and bounced an RBI single over the second base man’s head to drive in the game tying run.  He has a long swing and has a lot of movement in the top half of his bat as he waits for the pitch.

Nate Frieman made a nice stretch at first base on a ball he had to scoop out of the dirt.  He also singled and beat out a ground ball that appeared to be booted by the second baseman Phillip Evans, but they changed the initial error ruling to a hit.

Game Notes: Marwin Gonzalez started the game almost giving Matt Harvey a facial, ripping a line drive up the middle.  Harvey worked two innings and gave up one run, a homerun to Martinez…Jimmy Paredes made a bad turn on a line drive to right field resulting in a Josh Satin double…Chia-jen Lo looked good in his ninth inning appearance.  He had a nice breaking curveball and good velocity on his fastball.  Myworld sees him making the bullpen for the Astros…It seems everyone now has a race.  For the Astros it is the polar bear race.  Not too sure what that has to do with Houston or baseball, but the three colored bears did not really look like they were racing.  They were high fiving the fans as they raced from the left field area to the first base dugout area…The Astros also broke out their mascot Orbit.  This is the first time myworld remembers seeing a mascot in Kissimmee.  He is a green creature with baseballs for ears…Only 3,048 showed up for the Astros spring home opener, many of them Mets fans.

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