Takeaways from Mets' intrasquad game, including Brett Baty's RBI double

Feb 20, 2023; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Brett Baty (22) during spring training workouts.
Feb 20, 2023; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Brett Baty (22) during spring training workouts. / Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets opened their spring training season on Friday with a three-inning intrasquad game at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie, Fla as the blue team got the 3-0 win.

Here are the takeaways...

- Brett Baty led off the game with a bloop single off Joey Lucchesi that went right over Francisco Lindor's head and into the outfield. Lucchesi, who missed half of the 2021 season and all of the 2022 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, then settled in and got the next three outs.

- Pete Alonso swung at the first pitch he saw from prospect Dominic Hamel in the bottom of the first, but flew out to center field. Hamel then walked Lindor and Eduardo Escobar, but then Ronny Mauricio showed off his speed and made a spectacular catch in shallow left field to rob Jeff McNeil of a hit.

- In the top of the second, Escobar flashed the leather as well and made a diving catch at third to prevent an extra-base hit. Lucchesi finished after facing seven batters in total over two innings, as he allowed one walk and just the one hit to Baty.

- Hamel plunked Mark Canha in the bottom of the second, but managed to get Tommy Pham to fly out to left to get out of the inning. Overall, Hamel looked good in his first appearance as he showed off his breaking ball and mid-90s velocity. The 2021 third-round pick is scheduled to start Puerto Rico's third game in the World Baseball Classic.

- Team blue struck first in the top of the third inning, as Alex Ramirez singled to center on an 0-2 curveball and scored on DJ Stewart's double to the left-center field gap. Baty then drove in Stewart with a double to the left-center wall and he'd then come around to score on Lorenzo Cedrola's single through the infield to make it 3-0.

- Daniel Vogelbach worked a walk in the bottom of the third, but Alonso grounded into the 6-4-3 double-play. Trey McLoughlin then struck out Escobar to end the game.


What's next

The Mets open spring training with split-squad games on Saturday against the Houston Astros at 1:10 p.m. and the Miami Marlins at 6:10 p.m.