Home Run Central: Adam Eaton started the day in Port St. Luce, Florida with an opposite field homer on a 2-2 fastball from New York Mets’ left-hander Steven Matz, clearing the Frank & Al’s Pizza sign on the outfield wall in First Data Field to put the Nationals ahead 1-0 early on the road. One out later, Anthony Rendon split the gap with a single to left-center off Matz, and Ryan Zimmerman walked in front of Matt Adams, who hit a 93 mph 1-2 fastball off the base of the wall in center to drive in another run, 2-0 Washington.
Zimmerman followed with a home run of his own, over the same sign, on a 1-0 heater, 8-0.
Rendon homered again in the fourth, taking a 96 mph 1-1 fastball from Edwin Díaz for a ride to center field and over the Indian River State College sign on the outfield wall, 10-2.
Matt Adams hit the Nationals’ seventh home run of the game (maybe it’s the wind?) on a first-pitch fastball from Díaz that cleared the Legler Orthodontics sign again, 11-2, and it bounced off First Data Field’s scoreboard. No. 3 for Adams on the Spring.
Hellboy vs NY: Jeremy Hellickson got Wilson Ramos to ground into an inning-ending 6-4-3 DP to end an 18-pitch first, after he’d given up a leadoff walk to Brandon Nimmo and a one-out single by Robinson Canõ.
A one-out double (by Keon Broxton) and two-out double (by Luis Guillorme) got the Mets on the board in the second, down 8-1 at that point, but Hellickson held them there and finished the second at 36 pitches total.
A run scored in the third inning when Canõ hit a grounder to second to start a 4-6-3 DP with runners on first and third base, and Hellickson needed just eight pitches total to get out of it at 44 pitches overall, 9-2.
Hellickson’s 11-pitch, 1-2-3 fourth pushed him up to 55 pitches on the afternoon and worked around a single (and a balk) in 16-pitch fifth that left him at 71 pitches.
Bullpen Action: Matt Grace retired the Mets in order in a seven-pitch, 1-2-3 sixth.
Jimmy Cordero gave up back-to-back singles to the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the seventh, and a one-out sac fly brought in a run to make it an 11-3 game.
Justin Miller retired the side in order in the ninth to end it. 11-3 Nationals final.