03/05/10 4:11 PM ET
Niese, Mejia open eyes in spring debuts
Split-squad Mets fall in 10 innings on Stanton's homer
By Marty Noble / MLB.com
at Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Friday, March 5
Marlins at the plate: Jorge Cantu drove in a run with a single the third inning. Florida had three hits, all singles, in the first six innings. Emilio Bonifacio, who has one home run in three big league seasons, hit one against Ryota Igarashi in the seventh. After Cameron Maybin led off the top of the 10th with a double, rookie Mike Stanton crushed a two-run homer off reliever Bobby Parnell.
Mets at the plate: New York scored twice in the third inning, the first run coming on an error, the second on a loud, long double by Jason Bay. It was his first Mets hit.
Marlins on the mound: Chris Volstad struck out two and allowed hits to David Wright and Rod Barajas in his two innings. The Mets' runs came against Hayden Penn, who pitched two innings and allowed three hits.
Mets on the mound: Relying primarily on his cut fastball, Jon Niese struck out five batters in his 2 2/3-inning start (13 batters). He walked two and allowed three hits. Jenrry Mejia, making his first spring appearance, retired each of his seven batters. Igarashi pitched a perfect sixth before allowing a home run in the seventh.
Grapefruit League records: Marlins 2-0; Mets 3-2.
Worth noting: Marlins catcher John Baker was scratched from the original lineup because of shoulder soreness. ... Mets shortstop Jose Reyes was scratched as well after Mets doctors in New York thought it best that he be reexamined. Tests administered on Thursday had detected an imbalance in his thyroid.
Up next: Mike Pelfrey makes his first spring start on Saturday against the Nationals at 1:05 p.m. ET in Viera, Fla. Washington has not yet named its pitcher. Pelfrey has been working on a soft splitter and has been pleased by its effect.
The Marlins face the Cardinals on Saturday at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla., at 1:05 p.m. Josh Johnson will take the mound for Florida, with Kyle Lohse going for St. Louis.
Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.