Mets Takeaways from Friday's 4-2 loss to Marlins, including Pete Alonso's RBI double

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Pete Alonso swings vs. Marlins
Pete Alonso swings vs. Marlins

The Mets battle back being down twice, but it just wasn't their day, as the Marlins won 4-2.

Here are a few takeaways from the game:

1. Marcus Stroman took the mound for the Mets on Friday and got off to a bit of a slow start, allowing two hits and a run in the first inning. But he calmed down over the course of his next two innings, pitching a 1-2-3 inning in the second

Stroman saw plays by the defense in the third that saved any more runs from being scored in the third. He struck out the first batter of the fourth, but then another single ended his day.

He finished with four hits, four strikeouts, a walk and one run on 58 pitches in 3.1 innings.

2. Dom Smith had a potential two-run homer robbed in the bottom of the first. Starling Marte got as far back as possible out on the warning track in center field and raised his glove above the fence to keep Smith and Brandon Nimmo -- who was already on second after doubling -- from crossing home plate.

3. Kevin Pillar made a diving catch out in right to end the third inning. If he hadn't made the catch, the Marlins would've had a very good chance of scoring another run with Corey Dickerson already on first.

4. The Mets got on the board in the fourth, starting with Pete Alonso getting hit by a pitch in the wrist after a Dom Smith flyout. Luckily, Alonso wears a wrist guard and he looked OK on the bases. Alonso advanced to second on a Jonathan Villar groundout that brought up Brandon Drury to the plate with two outs.

Drury lined the second pitch into center field, where it dropped at the perfect moment to stay out of a glove. Alonso sprinted to the plate before sliding in for the first run of the game for the Mets.

5. The Marlins retook the lead -- briefly -- in the sixth after Trevor May allowed three straight singles to load up the bases. A 5-4-3 double play freed up the bases, but Joe Dunand ran in from third to score.

In the bottom of the inning, Mallex Smith singled on a bunt. Smith then stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error to get well into scoring position. Alonso came up and
doubled on a line drive out to center to bring Smith in for the tie.

6. Miami took its largest lead of the game -- and one that stuck this time -- in the seventh, with the Mets' Tommy Hunter allowing two runs on a walk, double and single.

7. Smith continues to struggle to get hits this spring, going 0-2 on the day to drop his BA to .118.

Luis Guillorme also struggled Friday, going 0-3 at the plate. He's had a great spring otherwise, batting .357 and making great plays around the field on defense.

Highlights

What's Next

The Mets will face the Washington Nationals at 6:05 p.m. on Saturday.