The Washington Nationals sent an "interesting" lineup to Port St. Lucie, Florida's Tradition Field this afternoon for the away half of their split-squad matchups with the New York Mets and Miami Marlins.
Tanner Roark took the mound on the road vs the Mets.
Gio Gonzalez faced off against the Marlins in the Nats' spring home.
VIERA: At home in Viera, Florida's Space Coast Stadium, a more recognizable version of the Nationals took on the Marlins with Gio Gonzalez on the mound.
It didn't start too well for the Nationals' left-handed starter, who allowed back-to-back-to-back hits, singles by Adeiny Hechavarria and Christian Yelich and a two-run double by Marcell Ozuna that put Miami up 2-0 early.
Another sunny day in Viera pic.twitter.com/XgaXMokFjB— B Sheridan (@md_dc) March 14, 2015
PORT ST. LUCIE: Meanwhile, in Tradition Field, with Zach Wheeler scratched with what the Mets' broadcasters described as a "tender" right elbow and a blister on his pitching hand, Tyler Pill, 24, and a 2011 4th Round pick, started for New York.
Kila Ka'aihue drew a two-out walk in the opening frame, but Dan Uggla grounded into a force at second to end the top of the first.
Tanner Roark got Curtis Granderson looking with a two-strike, two-seamer and needed 11 pitches to retire the Mets in order in the bottom of the first.
Clint Robinson doubled off Pill with one down in the Nationals' second, but was stranded two outs later as the Mets' starter completed his second scoreless frame.
VIERA: Gio Gonzalez bounced back from a rough-ish first with a clean 1-2-3 second vs the Marlins.
PORT ST. LUCIE: Roark got off the mound quickly to field a chopper off Michael Cuddyer's bat and made a strong throw to first for out no.2 of a quick, seven-pitch, 1-2-3 second. 6 up, 6 down, 18 pitches total for Roark after two.
Juan Lagares doubled to center to start the Mets' third, and catcher Johnny Monell beat Emmanuel Burriss's throw to first on a chopper up the middle to put runners on the corners with no one out. Clint Robinson made a nice sliding catch halfway down the right field line on a sac fly to right by Ruben Tejada that allowed Lagares to score from third for a 1-0 Mets' lead.
Roark was up to 28 pitches after a one-out walk to Curtis Granderson brought David Wright to the plate with two on and Wright hit a 91 mph 1-0 fastball over the high batter's eye wall in center field, 410ft+, 4-0 Mets on the three-run blast.
VIERA: Gonzalez's day was done after 2 ⅔ when he walked Jarrod Saltalamacchia and was lifted by Nats' skipper Matt Williams. The Marlins added two runs in the third on RBI singles by Ozuna and Donovan Solano. 4-0 MIA.
Gio threw 52 pitches, 35 for strikes in his 2 2/3 innings today. #Nats— Chris Johnson (@masnCJ) March 14, 2015
PORT ST. LUCIE: A two-out single by Mets' DH Lucas Duda ended Tanner Roark's day after 38 pitches.
Matt Grace took over on the mound for the Nationals and gave up a double to left by Michael Cuddyer on the first pitch he threw, but the lefty stranded two runners when Brandon Allen flew to short-center to end the Mets' third.
Mets' closer Jenrry Mejia made quick work of the Nationals in a 1-2-3 top of the fourth.
Grace dropped a nice 0-2 slider on Mets' catcher Johnny Monell to get a swinging K for the second out of a ten-pitch, 1-2-3 bottom of the fourth.
Taylor Hill got Lucas Duda looking with a 3-2 change to end a scoreless 19-pitch fifth.
Michael Cuddyer hit a belt-high heater from Hill out to left-center for a solo blast in the Mets sixth, 5-0. Juan Lagares tripled in the next at bat, sending a fly ball to the wall in right-center field. Lagares scored one-out later on a grounder to short off Ruben Tejada's bat. 6-0.
VIERA: The Marlins took a 4-0 lead into the seventh in Space Coast Stadium. After Gonzalez, Matt Thornton, Craig Stammen and Xavier Cedeno combined for four scoreless.
PORT ST. LUCIE: Dillon Gee came on in relief for the Mets in the seventh and gave up a single by Dan Uggla (1 for 3), and a ground-rule double to right by Ian Stewart in the first two at bats of the inning. Uggla's pinch runner, Jason Martinson, failed to score from third on a fly to short left and Gee caught Minicozzi looking with a 3-2 pitch, but Sandy Leon's chopper up the middle got through the defense and allowed two runs to score, 6-2 Mets.
Rich Hill served up a two-run home run to left by John Mayberry, Jr. who flat-crushed a high fastball, 8-2.
VIERA: The Nationals were shut out by the Marlins, 4-0 final.
PORT ST. LUCIE: Mets' right-hander Cody Satterwhite threw a scoreless eighth vs the Nationals. Mitch Lively walked in a run in the ninth as the Mets loaded the bases on the right-hander.
Kevin Plawecki cleared the bases with a three-run double that put the Mets ahead 12-2.
Ian Stewart hit a massive, two-run home run to right off Mets' right-hander Erik Goeddel in the ninth to make it respectable, 13-4 Mets. That's how it ended.