Mets takeaways from Wednesday's 8-2 loss to Phillies, including David Peterson's rough outing

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Colin Martin
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David Peterson vs Phillies road jersey
David Peterson vs Phillies road jersey

The Mets fell to the Philadelphia Phillies 8-2 on Wednesday as David Peterson struggled in his first start of the season.

Takeaways from Wednesday's game

- Peterson had a rough first inning, as Phillies 1B Rhys Hoskins hit a solo home run with one out for a 1-0 lead. Bryce Harper came up next and doubled off the wall, then J.T. Realmuto drew a walk before Peterson let up a three run homer from Alec Bohm, making it 4-0 Phillies.

- In the third inning, Brandon Nimmo reached base on an infield single and eventually moved to third after Francisco Lindor got his first hit from the left side of the plate, pulling the ball past Hoskins at first. The Mets finally got on the board as Pete Alonso singled up the middle through the shift to score Nimmo.

- Peterson got through the second and third innings relatively easy, striking out two of the four batters he faced in the second and ended the third by striking out Jean Segura. In the top of the fourth inning, Peterson laid down a bunt to advance Luis Guillorme to second. After Nimmo walked and Lindor reached base on a HBP, Aaron Nola struck out Michael Conforto with bases loaded to end the scoring chance.

- With Nola done for the day after 92 pitches, Connor Brogdon came into the game for the Phillies in the fifth inning. He got Alonso and Smith to fly out before Jonathan Villar got his first hit as Met on a single to left field. However, James McCann struck out looking to end the inning and leave Villar stranded.

- Peterson's day ended in the fifth inning with no one out after Hoskins doubled and Harper reached first on a perfectly placed bunt. He allowed six runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and two walks in four innings plus of work (78 pitches). RHP Jacob Barnes came in for Peterson and allowed a three run homer to Realmuto on the first pitch to make it 7-1.

-The Mets stranded two more on base in the sixth inning, after Archie Bradley came in to strike out Conforto to end the inning. Through six innings, they had left 11 runners in scoring position.

- Dellin Betances came in for the first time this season in the bottom half of the sixth, and hit Roman Quinn on the foot as he was trying to bunt. After Quinn stole second base, former NL MVP Andrew McCutchen walked. Betances then got lucky and struck out Hoskins on a full count, check-swing. Quinn would steal third with McCutchen casually going to second, as Harper then grounded out to first, scoring Quinn to make it 8-1. Betances got out of the inning thanks to a Gold Glove caliber stop and throw by Lindor to get Realmuto out at first.

- Villar tripled in the seventh inning with two outs on a ball blasted off the right field wall, and nearly hit the foul pole. He would then score on a wild pitch by Bradley to make it 8-2.

- Tomas Nido replaced McCann in the seventh inning with LHP Joey Lucchesi coming in to pitch and make his Mets debut. He struck out Bohm looking on an inside fastball, got Didi Gregorius to ground out to first, and forced Segura to fly out to left for a 1-2-3 inning. Lucchesi continued to look good, striking out Ronald Torreyes and Quinn to start the eighth. McCutchen tripled with two outs before the lefty got Hoskins to fly out to right and end the inning.

- Alonso finished the game 1-for-5 with the team's only RBI of the day. Nimmo went 2-for-4 with a walk and run scored, and Lindor ended the day 1-for-3 with a walk. Conforto struggled at the plate, going 0-for-5 with two strike outs. The Mets left 14 runners on base -- more than any game last season -- and finished the day 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

Highlights

What's next

The Mets will have their home opener on Thursday against the Miami Marlins at 1:10 p.m. on SNY.

Taijuan Walker will make his Mets debut and get the start, while the Marlins have yet to announce a starting pitcher.