The St. Lucie Mets lost 5-2 to the Palm Beach Cardinals as David Wright continues efforts to get into game shape during this rehab assignment.
On the night David went 0 for 3 playing five innings at third base for the Lucie Squad. David hit two grounders and also struck out swinging on the night.
In the field, playing third base, David cleanly played both balls that came his way. The highlight came on the play where David fielded a hard chopper smoothly and got it to second base to record the out. David’s other play resulted in a scoop on a grounder and throw to first, still showing his new throwing motion mostly looking side-armed but accurate.
The Cardinals scored quickly in their half of the first off a double and a single facing St. Lucie Mets starter Scarlyn Reyes.
The Mets got the run back in the second started by a Wuilmer Becerra lined single into left field, followed by a Tim Tebow walk, and later in the inning both Michael Paez and then J.C. Rodriguez walked to bring in the run.
The Cardinals then scored four unanswered runs off Reyes and reliever Austin McGeorge through the fourth, fifth and sixth innings in their victory.
The Mets got one run back in the 9th as Colby Woodmansee blasted a solo homer over the left field wall. Colby has had a rough year and so this homer was well needed. Defensively I see Colby very strong, showing a quick glove at first base and later took over for David Wright at third.
Other News and Notes
This was the best I’ve seen prospect Wuilmer Becerra this year, who finished 2 for 4 with two line drive singles. He also lined out to third and also had a swinging strikeout. The power has still not shown yet for Wuilmer, and defensively he had little action in right and when he switched to first in the game he misplayed a shot hit to him but it was not called an error.
Jacob Zanon showed solid hitting a compact swing going 2 for 4 with two singles and making all the plays his way defensively in center.
Michael Paez also had two hits tonight which were also much needed with Paez still now hitting under .200. On defense Paez missed a shot his way that was recorded an error, but also made a couple of solid plays on the night.
Anthony Dimino had more a hard luck night at the plate making a lot of solid contact but always right at a fielder finishing 0 for 4.
On the pitching side the one prospect of note was reliever Austin McGeorge who had a rough sixth inning giving up two hits and a walk leading to a run, but then followed that up with a perfect seventh. McGeorge sat 88-90 MPH on his fastball topping 91 MPH, but showed swing and miss stuff on his slider mostly sitting around 84 MPH.
Video of how every David Wright AB ended on the night: