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Strasburg gave up a single and a full-count homer to the first two batters he faced Saturday, and the New York Mets beat Washington 5-3 in a spring training opener.
"It was a little bit of a debacle the first inning, but that's just what happens for me every spring training," Strasburg said. "It's just going to take a little while for me to get a little comfortable, a better rhythm out there. I was just glad I was able to get back feeling right in the second inning."
The right-hander rebounded with a 1-2-3 second inning. He was pitching in a game for the first time since Sept. 7 when the NL East champions shut him down for the season, rather than push his innings total.
Strasburg allowed three hits in two innings. He struck out two, walked none and threw 24 of 42 pitches for strikes.
"I threw a couple good breaking balls in the second inning, and my fastball command got better and the sinker seemed to be working well," Strasburg said. "It was a good first outing."
Strasburg also gave up a home run in his 2012 spring training debut, to Chris Snyder, his batterymate Saturday.
"He settled down a little the second inning, dropped his pitches in, was effective and we'll go from there," Snyder said. "He's got good stuff. It's hard. The two-seamer has good stuff to it, and the curveball and changeup are both putaway pitches."
The Mets are similarly excited about Wheeler, who was impressive in relief of Marcum.
After Marcum gave up a two-run homer to Snyder in the second, Wheeler allowed just one hit and one walk while throwing 19 of 30 pitches for strikes.
"He's got a great arm," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "I was impressed with his breaking ball. I'm sure he was a little geeked up going out there. The second inning he pounded the strike zone. That was great to see."
Wheeler had to work himself out of an early jam, though. After walking his first batter, he threw a wild pitch to Bryce Harper but got him on a groundout and then struck out the next two batters to strand a runner on third.
"It wasn't really nerves. I just was a little pumped up getting out there," said Wheeler, expected to begin the season at Triple-A Las Vegas. "After the first couple batters, I think everything went well. I was getting underneath my slider a little bit. It was backing up, but I still got some swings and misses from it."
|Stephen Strasburg pitches in his first game since September 7 and gives up a homer in the first inning. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Denard Span, CF||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Eury Perez, CF||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.333|
|Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|Will Rhymes, PR-2B||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Bryce Harper, LF||3||0||1||0||0||0||3||.333|
|Corey Brown, LF||2||0||0||0||0||2||3||.000|
|Tyler Moore, RF||3||0||0||0||0||2||4||.000|
|Carlos Rivero, RF||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|Chad Tracy, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||2||3||.000|
|Matt Skole, 3B||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|Ian Desmond, SS||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Zach Walters, SS||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||.500|
|Chris Marrero, 1B||3||1||1||1||0||0||0||.333|
|a- Anthony Rendon, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|Chris Snyder, C||2||1||2||2||0||0||0||1.000|
|Jhonatan Solano, C||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|Micah Owings, DH-1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.250|
|a-flied out for Davis in the 8th|
|2B - Chris Marrero (1, Marcum)|
|HR - Chris Snyder (1, Marcum)|
|RBI - Chris Marrero (1), Chris Snyder 2 (2)|
|SB - Eury Perez (1, 3rd base off Mazzoni/Powell), Will Rhymes (1, 2nd base off Mazzoni/Powell)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Walters-Rhymes-Owings, Rhymes-Walters-Owings|
|E - Micah Owings (1, Misplayed grounder), Chad Tracy (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Craig Stammen (BS,1)||2||3||1||1||0||1||0||4.50|
|Bill Bray (L,0-1)||1||3||2||1||1||1||0||9.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Stephen Strasburg 16-0, Craig Stammen 12-0, Fernando Abad 13-0, Bill Bray 12-0, Erik Davis 11-0, Cole Kimball 6-0|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Stephen Strasburg 3-2, Craig Stammen 3-3, Bill Bray 2-0, Cole Kimball 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Stephen Strasburg 9, Craig Stammen 10, Fernando Abad 5, Bill Bray 7, Erik Davis 4, Cole Kimball 3|
|New York Mets|
|Kirk Nieuwenhuis, CF||3||1||1||0||0||0||2||.333|
|Collin Cowgill, CF||1||1||1||1||1||0||0||1.000|
|Ruben Tejada, SS||3||1||1||2||0||0||0||.333|
|Omar Quintanilla, SS||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|David Wright, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brandon Hicks, 3B||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|Ike Davis, 1B||2||0||0||0||1||0||1||.000|
|Zach Lutz, PR-1B||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.000|
|Marlon Byrd, RF||2||1||2||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|a- Andrew Brown, PH-LF||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||.000|
|Lucas Duda, LF||3||0||0||0||0||2||4||.000|
|Mike Baxter, RF||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|John Buck, C||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Landon Powell, C||2||1||1||0||0||1||1||.500|
|Justin Turner, 2B||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Brian Bixler, 2B||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.500|
|Jordany Valdespin, DH||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||.500|
|b- Jamie Hoffmann, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|c- Reese Havens, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-walked for Byrd in the 5th|
|b-grounded into a double play for Valdespin in the 6th|
|c-grounded out for Hoffmann in the 8th|
|2B - Collin Cowgill (1, Bray), Marlon Byrd (1, Strasburg)|
|HR - Ruben Tejada (1, Strasburg)|
|RBI - Collin Cowgill (1), Ruben Tejada 2 (2), Jordany Valdespin (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Collin Cowgill (1), Jordany Valdespin (1)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|PB - John Buck (1)|
|E - Brian Bixler (1, Throwing), Andrew Brown (1, Dropped line drive), Brandon Hicks (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|New York Mets|
|Cory Mazzoni (W,1-0)||2||1||0||0||0||3||0||0.00|
|Darin Gorski (H,1)||2||1||0||0||1||1||0||0.00|
|Bobby Parnell (S,1)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Shaun Marcum 11-0, Zack Wheeler 16-0, Cory Mazzoni 14-0, Darin Gorski 14-0, Bobby Parnell 7-0|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shaun Marcum 2-4, Zack Wheeler 4-0, Cory Mazzoni 2-2, Darin Gorski 1-5, Bobby Parnell 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Shaun Marcum 10, Zack Wheeler 8, Cory Mazzoni 8, Darin Gorski 9, Bobby Parnell 5|
|Attendance - 4616|
|Game Time - 3:05|
|Temperature - 84|
|Umpires - Home - Mike Estabrook, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - UMP Nonindividual, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn|