02/25/09 4:05 PM EST
Church, Castillo start spring on right note
Behind two veterans, Mets beat O's in Grapefruit League opener
By Spencer Fordin / MLB.com
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Mets at the plate: Most of the Mets' offense came from two players. Second baseman Luis Castillo had a two-run single in the second inning and a two-run double over left fielder Luke Scott's head in the fourth. Right fielder Ryan Church doubled in one run and had a two-run single later in the game. Center fielder Angel Pagan also contributed to the win, going 3-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.
Orioles at the plate: Utility man Ryan Freel made a successful spring debut with the Orioles, contributing a double, a single, a stolen base and a run scored. Center fielder Adam Jones walked, stole a base and scored a run, but he also struck out twice. Ty Wigginton, Oscar Salazar and Robby Hammock all drove in runs.Mets on the mound: Right-hander Sean Green started for the Mets and was gone after just two outs, a victim of a cut nail on the middle finger of his pitching hand. Southpaw Pedro Feliciano got four outs without allowing an earned run, and veteran Duaner Sanchez pitched an inning and allowed three baserunners and one earned run. Orioles on the mound: The injury bug hit the Orioles as well, with starter Brad Hennessey getting four outs before suffering soreness in his right elbow. Chris Waters took the ball from him and allowed three hits and one earned run, while David Pauley retired just one batter and was charged with four earned runs. Grapefruit League records: Mets 1-0; Orioles 0-1. Up next: The Orioles will face the Cardinals at Fort Lauderdale Stadium on Thursday at 1:05 p.m. ET, and Danys Baez will be matched up against Kyle Lohse. Meanwhile, the Mets will return to Port St. Lucie, Fla., for a 1:10 p.m. ET day game against Chris Volstad and the Marlins, and southpaw Oliver Perez will make his first start of the exhibition season.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.