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Yo backs Gsellman with bat, dazzling catch

March 28, 2017

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Yoenis Cespedes flashed both power and leather, while Matt Adams added to his impressive spring resume Tuesday in the Mets' 3-3 tie with the Cardinals at First Data Field.Cespedes tripled, singled and scored a run for the Mets, finishing 2-for-3 to wrap up his Grapefruit

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Yoenis Cespedes flashed both power and leather, while Matt Adams added to his impressive spring resume Tuesday in the Mets' 3-3 tie with the Cardinals at First Data Field.
Cespedes tripled, singled and scored a run for the Mets, finishing 2-for-3 to wrap up his Grapefruit League with a .396 batting average. The loudest cheers for Cespedes occurred when he leapt near the left-field wall to rob Greg Garcia of extra bases in the fifth.
All of the scoring came on home runs. Adams tagged Mets starter Robert Gsellman for a three-run homer in the top of the fourth, before Lucas Duda hit a three-run shot off Adam Wainwright in the bottom of the frame. The blast was Adams' fifth of Spring Training.
"He's in a great place," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of Adams, who played his fourth spring game as a left fielder.

His rotation spot unofficially sealed, Gsellman allowed nothing more than that home run in six innings, striking out six to finish with a 2.31 Grapefruit League ERA. The Mets have one more game scheduled for Wednesday against the Braves, but most of their regular players will not be making that trip.
Though Wainwright allowed only five baserunners in five innings, three of them came around to score, all on Duda's homer. Wainwright finished his spring with a 7.78 ERA, much of that damage coming in a March 17 game against the Mets.
"My stuff was dramatically better," Wainwright said, comparing Tuesday's start to the last one he had in Port St. Lucie, which ended with him allowing 10 earned runs in 1 2/3 innings. 
Rematch vs. Mets has Waino confident in stuff
"I think last time, though, more than anything, which led to bad stuff, was mentally I didn't punch in. I didn't punch the timecard that day. I just went out there and threw the ball. And there was no conviction behind anything. I really wanted to work on the conviction." 

Cardinals Up Next: The Cardinals will conclude their Grapefruit League season on Wednesday with a 11:05 a.m. CT game against the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium. Michael Wacha, who has a 2.05 ERA in six spring games, will start for St. Louis. Listen to the game live on Gameday Audio
Mets Up Next: While Noah Syndergaard stays back to pitch in a Minor League game in Port St. Lucie, left-hander Sean Gilmartin will start the Mets' final Grapefruit League game against the Braves at Disney World at 1:05 p.m. ET. Also scheduled to pitch is right-hander Rafael Montero, who is on the roster bubble. Listen to the game live on Gameday Audio
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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.