Cecchini Homers, Tebow Reaches Base Twice in Mets Loss

By Michael Mayer

March 2, 2018 10 Comments

The New York Mets lost 2-1 on Friday afternoon to the Washington Nationals in their first of two games on the day.

Juan Lagares made his spring debut but he wasn’t the one grabbing all the headlines. That was Tim Tebow.

Tebow looked foolish in his first at-bat of the game against Max Scherzer, striking out on three pitches. In his second at-bat though he lined a single on the first pitch he saw from Nats’ top pitching prospect Erick Fedde. His next time up Tebow would reach on an error.

Left-handed reliever Matt Purke made his Mets debut with a scoreless sixth inning that included two ground ball outs. He faced all right-handers and sat 87-91 MPH with his fastball.

Right-hander Jacob Rhame continued his impressive spring with a scoreless frame. He was sitting mostly 95 MPH and hit 97 MPH twice with his fastball.

Marcos Molina pitched two innings, he allowed a run on two hits (solo homer by Victor Robles) and didn’t strikeout or walk anyone. He was topping out around 92 MPH but was getting good movement on his pitches.

Right-handed pitching prospect Drew Smith threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

There wasn’t much of anything going offensively from the Mets until Gavin Cecchini slugged a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning for the Mets to make it a 2-1 game. Cecchini is now 4 for 7 with a double, two home runs and five RBI this spring.

All the velocity notes came from our own Jacob Resnick who was at the game. He will have more for you later!