Monday, March 23, 2015

Josh Satin Carries Reds in 4-3 Win over A's; Sabathia Rocked as Matt Harvey and Mets Shut Down Yanks, 6-0

Players of the Day for Sunday, March 22, 2015

Grapefruit League

Harvey: 5 2/3, 2H 0R
On Sunday, the Mets and Yankees staged the Sunshine State version of the Subway Series, playing at the Mets' Spring home at Tradition Field, in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

The result - a 6-0 Mets victory - had all the feel of one club trying to hang on with aging veterans (Yankees) while the other (Mets) seemed to be embracing and enjoying the spirit of a young club on the rise.

Matt Harvey tossed 5 2/3 innings of 2-hit, scoreless ball for the Mets and was rewarded with the win, as his teammates smacked three homers against Yankee starter C.C. Sabathia, who was shelled in his second start of the pre-season, allowing homers by David Wright, Lucas Duda and leadoff hitter, Juan Legares.

Legares' shot was of the inside-the-park variety, facilitated when Yankee center fielder, Jose Pirela, attempting to chase down the drive, crashed into the wall and was knocked out. Pirela was taken from the field with what appeared to be a concussion, and did not return.

Satin: HR, 4RBI
Harvey, who missed all of last season due to injury, is returning after Tommy John surgery. He fanned four and has looked solid in four starts, allowing two runs over 14 1/3 innings.

Cactus League

Evening their record at 9-9 with a 4-3 victory over Oakland, the Cincinnati Reds got all of their offensive production from the player all the way down at the bottom of the lineup, left fielder, Josh Satin.

Satin rallied the Reds from a 3-0 deficit with a three-run homer in the eighth and then delivered the game-winner with two down in the ninth on an RBI single.

A California native, Satin played part-time for the Mets from 2011-2014, and was acquired by the Reds in the off-season. His most productive stint was in 2013, when he hit .279 with three home runs and 17 RBI in 75 games.

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