Keep The Line Moving: New York Mets’ left-hander Héctor Santiago failed to make it out of the bottom of the first inning today in West Palm Beach, FL’s FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Washington’s bats connected for seven straight hits (five singles, a double, and a two-run home runs) in the home-half of the first, as the Nationals’ jumped out to a 6-0 lead early in Grapefruit League action.
Soto ❤️s Lefties: Soto hit the homer, a two-run blast which was his 3rd of the Spring, and his third in the last four games, then hit a double, his second in Grapefruit League action, against another left-hander, Ryan O’Rourke. Soto did, of course, put up a .279/.360/.486 line with seven of his 22 HRs on the year off southpaws, so it’s not too surprising he’s hit vs lefties again this Spring.
Soto (3 for 4), Kurt Suzuki (2 for 4) , Jake Noll (naturally) (2 for 3), and Adrian Sanchez (2 for 4), all had multi-hit games.
Soto’s third extra-base hit of the game was a sixth-inning double off right-hander Tyler Bashlor. That was it for Soto on the day. His pinch runner scored on an RBI double by Matt Adams in the next at bat. 7-3 Nationals.
Strasbunny: Stephen Strasburg ended up throwing 84 pitches in what was his 4th start of the Spring this afternoon, giving up six hits (one a home run), two walks, and three earned runs over 5+ innings pitched against the Mets, striking out six of the 22 batters he faced.
Bullpen Action: Wander Suero took over for Strasburg with two on and no one out in the sixth inning, and stranded both of the runners he inherited.
Henderson Alvarez gave up a two-run home run by Pete Alonso in the top of the seventh, two outs after a runner reached base on an error by third baseman Jacob Wilson, 7-5.
Austin Voth got the eighth for the Nationals, working around a single and a walk for a scoreless inning of work.
Collin Cowgill singled and scored in the eighth, and Tyler Goeddel added to the Nationals’ lead with a two-run home run, 10-5.
Voth came back out in the ninth and ended it with another scoreless frame. Ballgame.