Mets takeaways from Thursday's win, including Pete Alonso's grand slam and lots of prospect action

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Danny Abriano
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Pete Alonso greeted at home plate after hitting homer in spring training 2021
Pete Alonso greeted at home plate after hitting homer in spring training 2021

The Mets beat the Washington Nationals, 8-4, on Thursday at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Here are the takeaways...

  • David Peterson got the start and was sharp, tossing two scoreless innings while hitting a batter and giving up one hit. He tossed just 26 pitches and threw more in the bullpen after coming out of the game to stretch himself out further.

  • Pete Alonso went 1-for-3 but the one hit was a big one as Alonso smoked a grand slam to right center in the fifth inning.

  • Brandon Nimmo hit a rocket of a leadoff homer down the right field line in the bottom of the first. Nimmo added an opposite field single in the third and finished his day 2-for-2 with a walk.

  • Making his spring training debut, Dominic Smith went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.

  • Jeurys Familia struggled with his command and worked hard during a scoreless inning of work. Throwing 31 pitches, Familia worked around two walks to escape unscathed.

  • Dellin Betances had a rough outing but would've been out of his inning without any runs scoring if left fielder Drew Ferguson didn't misplay what would've been the third out. After Ferguson botched the play, Betances allowed a three-run homer to Ryan Zimmerman. Overall, Betances allowed four runs on two hits and two walks.

  • Trevor May pitched a scoreless inning, working around a walk.

  • PROSPECT WATCH: Ronny Mauricio went 1-for-2, Khalil Lee went 0-for-2, Pete Crow-Armstrong went 0-for-2, Mark Vientos walked in both of his plate appearances, and Brett Baty went 1-for-2.

WHAT'S NEXT

The Mets are off on Friday.

They travel to play the Houston Astros on Saturday at 6:05 p.m., with Jacob deGrom scheduled to get the start in his spring training debut.