Here are the key takeaways …
– Carlos Carrasco’s night got off to a shaky start. After allowing a bloop single on his first pitch of the night, Carrasco then crossed up James McCann for a passed ball, allowed a deep fly ball to center and then walked Michael Brantley to put runners on the corners with one out. He got out of the early jam, though, thanks to a 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Alex Bregman.
The veteran right-hander settled down in the second, pitching a scoreless inning of work, but he was tagged in the third inning by Brantley, who rocketed a no-doubt, two-run homer to right field.
In the fourth, Carrasco was bit by the long ball again, this time a Yordan Alvarez solo shot that appeared to get some help from the wind as it cleared the wall in left.
Carrasco went four innings in a fairly uneven outing. He allowed six hits and three earned runs, including two home runs, while striking out three and walking one. Carrasco’s ERA this spring now sits at 6.75 over his 7.0 innings of work.
– Starling Marte showcased what he can do in the bottom of the first. After singling on a line drive off pitcher Jose Urquidy, Marte then stole second base. He even tried to steal third, but the pitch was lined foul. The Mets failed to score in the inning thanks to an Alonso double-play ball, but Marte’s spark at the top of the lineup was evident.
Marte ended up going 2-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored.
– The Mets’ bats were quiet for a good portion of the night, but Pete Alonso helped jolt them to life in the sixth. With two men on and two outs, Alonso waited back on an Adam Morgan breaking ball and skied a three-run homer out to left — his first of the spring — to tie the game.
– Adam Ottavino pitched a clean fifth inning for the Mets following Carrasco’s four innings. Ottavino struck out a pair in a 1-2-3 inning of work, needing just 11 pitches.
– Drew Smith made his spring debut for the Mets in the sixth inning. After missing some time due to foot soreness, Smith looked strong out of the gates, touching 97 mph with his fastball. Smith pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out one Astro with a nasty 84 mph cutter.
– The game remained tied through nine innings, leading to Buck Showalter and Dusty Baker agreeing to play one extra inning. In the top of the 10th, Stephen Nogosek allowed a two-run homer to dead center off the bat of Franklin Barreto, and the Astros held on for the win.
The Mets welcome the Washington Nationals to Port St. Lucie on Thursday night, with first pitch set for 6:10 p.m. on SNY.
Source: Yahoo Sports