Young pitches into 6th inning, Mets beat Nationals
Rather, how his old Princeton team will do in the NCAA tournament. “They’ll beat Kentucky by three points,” he suggested.
The 6-foot-10 righty kept up his solid spring showing, pitching into the sixth inning Tuesday night as the Mets beat the Washington Nationals 5-2.
Young missed most of the last two seasons with San Diego because of shoulder trouble. Making his fourth exhibition start, Young held the depleted Nationals to a run on Rick Ankiel’s(notes) broken-bat infield single and four hits in 5 1-3 innings. Overall, Young has allowed three earned runs in 14 1-3 innings.
“Something to build on,” he said. “Physically, no issues.”
Young escaped a bases-loaded jam in the second. The inning was prolonged when Mets second baseman Luis Castillo(notes) was late covering first base on what could’ve been a double play. The slow reaction prompted some fans to boo Castillo.
Mets manager Terry Collins liked what he saw from Young, saying he was on track to be the No. 4 starter when the season starts.
A two-sport star in college, Young now hopes to get his work done early Thursday morning. That might free him to make the 3 1/2 -hour, cross-state drive to Tampa to watch in person when Princeton, a 13-point underdog, takes on Kentucky in hoops.
“I’m a good alum,” he said.
Washington third baseman Ryan Zimmerman(notes) and catcher Ivan Rodriguez(notes) were scratched from the starting lineup. Zimmerman has tightness in his right groin and Rodriguez has a cramp in his left calf, and both All-Stars are expected to be out four to five days.
“Hope it’s only a couple of days,” manager Jim Riggleman said.
Nationals starter Tom Gorzelanny(notes) bounced back from a poor start in his spring debut to go four innings, giving up one run and two hits. He struck out four, including Jason Bay(notes) and Jose Reyes(notes).
Francisco Rodriguez pitched a hitless ninth for a save.
NOTES: The Mets will spend the next two days in Fort Myers and play Boston and Minnesota. Collins said he’d like to see the team make a mini-trip to Florida’s west coast next year, too, possibly to play the Yankees. The Mets and Yankees haven’t played in spring training since 1996. … Mets OF Carlos Beltran(notes) (left knee tendinitis) is set to resume baseball activities Wednesday. He’ll stay behind in camp to work out.