Final Score: Nationals 6 Mets 4

Matt den DekkerThe Nationals (1-1-1) defeated the Mets (1-1-1) by the score of 6-4 at Tradition Field tonight.

The Least You Should Know…

  • Collin McHugh started for the Mets and he got knocked around for two runs and six hits in 2 1/3 innings.
  • Elvin Ramirez allowed a run with four strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings.
  • Ike Davis hit a long, solo home run in the fourth inning (click here to see Davis’ home run).
  • David Wright got his first hit of the spring with an opposite field single in the sixth inning.
  • Travis d’Arnaud went 1-for-2 with a single in the ninth inning.
  • The Mets scored three runs in the eighth thanks to a Zach Lutz RBI double and a two-run single from Juan Lagares.
  • Matt den Dekker went 1-for-3 with two strikeouts, but in the seventh inning, he robbed Anthony Rendon of a home run with a leaping catch over the center field wall (click here┬áto watch den Dekker’s catch).

For a full recap and box score, check out SNY.TV.

Michael Baron, Contributor

The Mets had some notable pitching performances in an otherwise routine, late February Spring Training Game. Elvin Ramirez impressed with his power and command, Greg Burke contributed an impressive scoreless inning, and Scott Rice looked good against the lefties he faced.

One thing we’ve learned about den Dekker is his defense is more than ready for the big leagues. His catch tonight is evidence of the kind of defense he’s capable of playing. The big question for him is whether his offense will come around. That’s going to depend on his ability to cut down on the strikeouts and make more consistent contact going forward. Hopefully some of the pitch tracking Dave Hudgens has him doing in camp will translate into better pitch recognition in games. If that happens, den Dekker can eventually become an exciting player for this organization.