PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- No one scored, some innings ended with less than three outs and both teams made substitutions with impunity. But it was still baseball. The Mets' "Blue" and "Orange" teams played to a 0-0 tie in Tuesday's intrasquad game, an annual tradition leading up to the start of the Grapefruit League season.
"The adrenaline started flowing today," said Team Orange starter Jon Niese, who struck out three and walked one over a pair of hitless, scoreless innings at Tradition Field. "All the hard work that you've done, you kind of find out where you're at once the adrenaline gets going. It's been a while since I've warmed up before a game and felt that good."
Unsurprisingly at this early stage of Spring Training, when pitchers remain far ahead of hitters in terms of readiness, the two teams combined for only nine hits -- none for extra bases.
Instead, pitchers starred. Team Blue starter Zack Wheeler fired 1 2/3 innings despite a mechanical issue that vexed him, four shoo-in members of the Opening Day bullpen contributed scoreless outings, and Rule 5 Draft pick Sean Gilmartin -- a left-handed pitcher with a strong chance to make the team -- struck out four over two shutout innings.
Still, plenty of hitters could draw positives from the day. For third baseman David Wright, the intrasquad affair represented his first game action since being shut down late last season with left shoulder inflammation, an injury that he rehabbed for much of the winter.
"It felt great," Wright said of his shoulder. "I felt like every other Spring Training, which is obviously the goal coming into this. So yeah, it felt great, and good to put the spikes on and go out there and get a few innings in before we start the real Spring Training games."
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.