Pedro solid, Wright homers in win over Nats

March 21, 2008 4:35:17 PM PDT
Pedro Martinez gave up two runs and five hits in five innings and David Wright hit a two-run homer in the Mets' 8-2 win over the Nationals on Friday.Martinez was particularly effective spotting his fastball, consistently clocked in the 87-89 mph range, and getting ahead in the count.

"I had pretty good command of my fastball today," Martinez said. "It was a good day overall. I felt like I could have thrown three more (innings)."

Martinez was pulled after five innings and 71 pitches. Last season, when he returned from shoulder surgery, Martinez was kept on a 90-pitch count.

Mets' manager Willie Randolph doesn't anticipate having Martinez on a pitch count once the 2008 season begins.

"It depends on how he feels," Randolph said. "This year he feels strong, he's not even icing a lot. I'm not going out there with a 90-pitch thing. Besides with Pedro, when he gets to smelling it at the end of the game, he's not going to come out just because of how many pitches he's thrown."

Martinez struck out four and did not issue a walk. The runs were the first he's allowed this spring, pushing his spring ERA to 2.00 as the Mets improved to 16-7 this spring.

Washington starter Matt Chico was impressive during his 4 1-3 shutout innings. The Nationals' lefty scattered six hits, walking one and fanning two.

Three Washington (9-14) relievers gave up eight runs - three earned - and 10 hits over the final 3 2-3 innings.

National's right-fielder Austin Kearns hit a solo homer, his second this spring, off Martinez in the fourth.

After the game, Randolph acknowledged that Friday's lineup could closely resemble the Mets' opening day lineup, with the exception of Johan Santana pitching and Brian Schneider behind the plate.

That would put spring standout Angel Pagan in left field on opening day.

Pagan increased his spring batting average to a team-leading .355, going 2-for-2 with a triple.

"Pagan's having a nice spring," Randolph said. "He's showing us he wants to be a part of this. He's aggressive, he steals bases. He just does some things that fit into our whole attack. He's really making a big case for himself."


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