The Mets got a clean pair of innings from Rick Porcello before ultimately falling to the Marlins 3-1 on Thursday night. >> Box Score
5 things to know from Thursday's game...
1) After pitching just one inning in his spring training debut, Rick Porcello pitched two scoreless innings on Thursday. After striking out Brian Anderson for the second out in the first inning, Porcello allowed back-to-back singles to Corey Dickerson and Jesus Aguilar, but he was able to get Garrett Cooper to ground into a force play to end the inning. Porcello then pitched a perfect second inning, forcing two ground-outs and striking out Ryan Lavarnway to end the inning.
2) With two outs and nobody on in the first inning, Pete Alonso doubled. For Alonso, it was his first hit of the spring. as he entered the game 0-for-9 at the plate. Unfortunately, though, Alonso was picked off of second to end the inning. In his second at-bat, Alonso came up with two outs and runners on first and third, but he went down on strikes to end the threat. He ended up going 1-for-3 at the plate with a strikeout.
3) Michael Conforto, another regular in the Mets outfield who played on Thursday, flied out to center field in the first, but he lined a single to right field in his second at-bat of the game. Conforto's night came to a close after his second at-bat, and he's now 2-for-10 at the plate during spring training.
4) Following Porcello's lead, Brad Brach and Robert Gsellman each pitched one clean inning on Thursday night. While much of the attention in the Mets' bullpen has gone to Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, and Dellin Betances, Brach and Gsellman could be important middle-inning pieces for the pen.
5) The Mets' lone run in the game came in the top of the eighth inning. Third baseman Will Toffey reached second on a throwing error to lead off the inning, and right fielder Edgardo Fermin singled up the middle to score Toffey. As a team, the Mets were only able to record six hits on the night.
The Mets stay in Jupiter, Fla. for an afternoon affair with the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday. First pitch is set for 1:10 PM, with Marcus Stroman set to go for the Mets against Adam Wainwright.