The Mets weren’t able to accomplish a whole lot offensively against the Rangers in Saturday’s spring finale against the Rangers at Globe Life Park. They had been held scoreless through eight innings and entered the top of the ninth down 4-0.
Rangers pitcher Andrew Faulkner got two quick, easy outs. But the Mets weren’t quite ready to face the regular season. Johnny Monell walked, John Mayberry singled, and Matt Reynolds walked to load the bases. Jesus Pirela came out of the bullpen to replace Faulkner. With a 1-1 count on back-up catcher Anthony Recker, Pirela threw a 96 MPH fastball about letters-high, which Recker promptly deposited over the fence in left-center for a game-tying grand slam.
The threat wasn’t over after the salami, as Pirela walked Danny Muno, uncorked a wild pitch, and walked Darrell Ceciliani before getting Alex Castellanos to fly out to left field to end the inning mercifully. Mets pitcher Zach Thornton worked around a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth for a scoreless inning and the two teams settled on a 4-4 tie.