Reserves rally after vets get in work

Reserves rally after vets get in work

at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Wednesday, March 3

Mets at the plate: Mike Cervenak's seventh-inning groundout provided a short-lived lead for the Mets, who drew first blood in the fifth inning when Russ Adams delivered one of his two singles and Angel Pagan delivered a two-out bases-loaded single off Mariano Gomez. Fernando Martinez's RBI triple and Cervenak's RBI single ignited a three-run sixth inning against Stephen Marek, who surrendered four hits, issued two walks and recorded just two outs.

Braves at the plate: Brandon Hicks' three-run homer off Josh Stinson capped an error-filled five-run seventh inning that included just one earned run. Hicks' shot over the left-field wall prolonged a late-inning rally that began in the sixth when Eddie Kunz surrendered a Jason Heyward RBI double and a Yunel Escobar two-run single that knocked second baseman Anderson Hernandez to the ground. Chipper Jones grounded into a double play in his first at-bat of the spring and drew a walk in his only other plate appearance.

Mets on the mound: Starter Pat Misch worked around two walks and surrendered just one hit in his three scoreless innings. Left-handed reliever Eric Niesen kept the Braves' bats silent while surrendering just one hit in two scoreless innings. Kunz issued three walks and allowed a pair of hits while being charged with four earned runs in the sixth inning.

Braves on the mound: Tim Hudson began his Grapefruit League season in auspicious fashion, throwing 10 of his 15 pitches for strikes over two scoreless innings. After Peter Moylan surrendered a single and worked a scoreless inning, Eric O'Flaherty kept the Mets scoreless with the help of two strikeouts in the fourth inning.

Worth noting: Heyward drew a walk in his first plate appearance to give him three walks and a single in his first four plate appearances of the year. But the 20-year-old right fielder proved mortal in the fourth inning when Niesen got him to hit a harmless pop fly behind third base. ... Making his first appearance of the year, Troy Glaus went hitless in two at-bats.

Grapefruit League records: Mets 1-1; Braves 1-1

Up next: The Braves will host the Pirates at Disney on Thursday afternoon at 1:05 ET. Kenshin Kawakami will make his first start of the year and be opposed by former Brave Charlie Morton, who was part of last year's trade that brought Nate McLouth to Atlanta. Former Georgia Tech pitcher and Atlanta product Lee Hyde is scheduled to pitch in relief of Kawakami, who is slated to pitch the first two innings.

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