The Mets took down their NL East-rival Nationals, 2-1, for their first spring training win on Monday. >> Box Score
5 things to know from Monday's game...
1) Top pitching prospect David Peterson got the start for the Mets, and looked pretty good in his first spring outing. He let up just one single, but no runs with two strikeouts over two innings of work. MLB.com's Anthony DiComo also pointed out that the radar gun had his fastball sitting around 93-94 mph, which is up from his previous seasons. That's a good sign for the lefty.
2) The quote "If at first you don't succeed, try again" works perfectly for Wilson Ramos' first at-bat of the day. He mashed a long fly ball to left field against Nats starter Wil Crowe, but it ended up foul. The next pitch? He waited a little bit longer and put it in the left field seats. He went 2-for-2 on the day.
3) Brandon Nimmo also had a fine day at the plate. He went 2-for-3 with two singles, while Jeff McNeil led off the game with a double down the right field line in a 1-for-3 day.
4) Pete Alonso and Dom Smith didn't have the same fortunes at the dish, though. Alonso went 0-for-3 with a pop out in foul territory and grounding into a double play among his outs. Smith also grounded out and struck out twice. More games to come to reverse that, of course.
5) After Peterson, pitchers like Paul Sewald, Erasmo Ramirez, and Rob Whalen didn't allow a run to cross the plate. Ramirez, in particular, went two innings and struck out four batters.
The Mets take on the Tigers on the road at 1:05 p.m. Michael Wacha will get the start.