Park strong in rotation audition
Veteran fans three over two innings as Dodgers fall to Mets
METS 3, DODGERS 2
at Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Wednesday, March 5
Dodgers at the plate: Jason Repko collected two hits and drove in the first Dodgers run with a single in the second inning. His replacement in the lineup, George Lombard, singled in the Dodgers' other run with a pinch-hit single in the seventh.
Mets at the plate: Top prospect Fernando Martinez doubled in the second inning, eventually scoring on a Raul Casanova double play. Outfielder Angel Pagan continued his torrid spring with yet another hit, pushing his Grapefruit League average to .429. He eventually gave way to Ezequiel Carrera, who tied the game with a single in the eighth. Anderson Hernandez won it on a walk-off single down the line in the ninth.
Dodgers on the mound: Brad Penny allowed his first earned run of the spring, but nothing else. He lasted three innings, walking two and yielding three hits. Rotation hopeful Chan Ho Park was even more impressive in relief, striking out three over two scoreless innings, while lefty specialist Mike Myers threw his third scoreless inning of the spring.
Mets on the mound: Johan Santana's second Mets appearance was more successful than his first by no small margin. Pitching three innings and relying more on his changeup and slider, Santana allowed only one run to a Dodgers lineup composed mainly of regulars. Reliever Steven Register continued his impressive spring with two more innings of shutout ball, bringing his spring total to four. Fellow bullpen hopeful Joe Smith found more trouble in his one inning, but escaped to pick up the win.
Grapefruit League records: Dodgers 2-5, Mets 5-3.
Up next: Derek Lowe will make his second Grapefruit League start on Thursday, as the Dodgers travel across the state to take on the Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla. Relievers Eric Stults, Mario Alvarez and Eric Hull are also scheduled to pitch for the Dodgers in a 10:05 a.m. PT start.
After deferring his first turn in the rotation to further prepare for the upcoming season, Pedro Martinez will finally make his Spring Training debut for the Mets on Thursday night against the Nationals. He'll start opposite right-hander John Patterson in a 4:05 p.m. game in Viera, Fla., with Billy Wagner and Aaron Heilman also scheduled to pitch for the Mets.
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.