PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Starting pitching ruled Saturday at Port St. Lucie, Fla., with Steven Matz and Erick Fedde each allowing no earned runs over three innings in a 6-0 Nationals win over the Mets at First Data Field.Making his second Grapefruit League start, Matz allowed one unearned run,
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Starting pitching ruled Saturday at Port St. Lucie, Fla., with Steven Matz and Erick Fedde each allowing no earned runs over three innings in a 6-0 Nationals win over the Mets at First Data Field.
Making his second Grapefruit League start, Matz allowed one unearned run, following a Yoenis Cespedes fielding error in the first.
"I feel pretty comfortable out there on the mound, even with runners on, which is a good sign," Matz said.
Fedde was even stingier, allowing nothing more than a hit and a walk. The Nationals' second-ranked prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, Fedde has not given up a run in seven innings this spring.
"I felt like this [was] one of my first real chances to go out and start against a team with a lot of their [starters] playing," said Fedde, who induced Neil Walker into a 1-6-3 double play with runners on the corners and one out in the third. "And just to get into a jam and get out of it, it felt good that I proved myself a little bit in a small sense."
Chris Heisey and Clint Robinson added to the Nationals' lead with RBI singles in the sixth inning, part of a three-run rally against Mets reliever Erik Goeddel. Michael Taylor also collected two hits, stole a base and scored twice for the Nats.
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Nationals Up Next: Right-hander Joe Ross (1-0, 3.86) will take the mound for his third start this spring when the Nationals return to The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Sunday to face the Astros at 1:05 ET on MLB.TV. Recently acquired catcher Matt Wieters will make his debut in a Nationals uniform after spending the past eight years in Baltimore. 2015 American League Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel makes his spring debut on the mound for the Astros.
Mets Up Next: Don't expect many regulars when the Mets make one of their longest trips of spring, a two-and-a-half-hour drive northwest to Lakeland, Fla., for a 1:05 p.m. ET game Sunday against the Tigers on MLB.TV. Left-hander Adam Wilk will start for the Mets opposite 2016 American League Rookie of the Year Michael Fulmer, whom the Mets sent to the Tigers in their 2015 trade for Yoenis Cespedes.
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