Mets subs shine in win over Indians

Mets subs shine in win over Indians

at Winter Haven, Fla.
Friday, March 7

Mets at the plate: It wasn't exactly an Opening Day-ready lineup that the Mets sent to Chain of Lakes Park, but the bats weren't quiet. Angel Pagan and Olmedo Saenz ripped back-to-back doubles off Cliff Lee in the first inning, and Robinson Cancel brought home another run when he walked with the bases loaded. Cancel later hit a solo homer off Joe Borowski in the third, and Saenz hit a solo shot of his own off Rafael Betancourt in the fourth.

Indians at the plate: The man known as Pronk had a big afternoon for the ESPN cameras. Travis Hafner scorched two doubles in his first two at-bats against Oliver Perez, driving in three runs. In the third inning, Jhonny Peralta and Trevor Crowe each added an RBI single.

Mets on the mound: Oliver Perez has seen better days. The left-hander surrendered six runs (three earned) on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings. Nelson Figueroa, who is trying to land a spot as a long reliever, put together a nice audition for the role. He worked three scoreless innings, giving up three hits, walking one and striking out a pair.

Indians on the mound: Lee was supposed to work two innings in his second spring start, but he lasted just two-thirds of the first frame. He used 38 pitches to give up a pair of runs on three hits with two walks. Jeff Stevens relieved Lee and gave up a run on two hits in 1 1/3 innings. Back-end relievers Borowski, Betancourt and Masa Kobayashi all got their work in.

Grapefruit League records: Mets 6-3; Indians 3-5-1.

Up next: It's ill-timed, given their injury-depleted ranks, but the Mets will see their first split-squad action of the spring on Saturday. At least all the players ready for game-action won't have trouble finding playing time, as the Mets host the Marlins in Port St. Lucie, Fla., at 1:10 p.m. ET and travel to Ft. Lauderdale to meet the Orioles at 1:05 p.m. Mike Pelfrey starts at home, with lefty Jonathan Niese getting the call on the road.

The Indians remain in Winter Haven for a 1:05 p.m. date with the Phillies. Right-hander Fausto Carmona, who struggled in his spring debut, will get the starting nod, with Aaron Laffey, Jensen Lewis, Rafael Perez, Ed Mujica, Rick Bauer and Matt Ginter all available to pitch in relief.

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.