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Mets’ Pete Alonso stabs himself in the face, leaves Nationals

WASHINGTON – For better or for worse, nobody got dirtier than Pete Alonso. The hefty hitter played a Smashmouth brand of baseball against the Nationals Thursday night that ended with the area around his mouth being smashed.

The only result that likely mattered for the first baseman and the Mets was their 5-1 win at Nationals Park, a successful opening day and one that featured plenty of action, good, bad and ugly, from Alonso.

But it ended with the ugly. In the ninth inning, Washington’s Mason Thompson drilled him with a 94-mile fastball that appeared to bounce off his face shield and hit him in the face. Alonso was down for a few moments, took a few steps towards first base, then listened to manager Buck Showalter and left the game with a coach.

Before the Ugly, Alonso was part of some odd games, the most memorable when he tried but failed to hit a double in the fourth inning from the start against the wall at left center by Eduardo Escobar.

Pete Alonso is hit in the face by a throw in the Mets' win over the Nationals.
Pete Alonso is hit in the face by a throw in the Mets’ win over the Nationals.
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Pete Alonso is down after being hit by a pitch in the Mets' win over the Nationals.
Pete Alonso is down after being hit by a pitch in the Mets’ win over the Nationals.
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Pete Alonso spat up blood after being punched in the face.
Pete Alonso spat up blood after being punched in the face.
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Pete Alonso is helped off the field.
Pete Alonso is helped off the field.
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Alonso, not gifted with speed, chugged around second and third where he seemed to slip, but continued to hobble home. Meanwhile, Victor Robles chased the ball down and luffed it to Alcides Escobar, who twirled it perfectly and threw a punch that pinned Alonso to the plate and kept the game scoreless.

Alonso, who asked for a review which was confirmed, had a tough time with Escobar throughout the game.

In the third inning, James McCann appeared to gun Escobar down at first base with a pickoff and throw behind the former royal. Alonso caught the throw and fell where Escobar should have been. But Escobar was so far from the bag that he had time to elude the tag of a sprawling Alonso. He was originally called out, but review of the replay showed him angling his body around Alonso’s gauntlet.

What could have been a thoroughly frustrating start to the season for Alonso turned in the sixth inning when his second single of the night – a looper to the right – started a rally. He advanced to second on a wild field and then sprinted around third on a Mark Canha single to get into the middle. The ball was hit so softly that there was no home throw, so the (literally) dirtiest player in the game didn’t get any dirtier.

Pete Alonso is thrown on the plate.
Pete Alonso is thrown on the plate.
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Alonso failed to amplify his damage with a double-play grounder in the seventh, ending the 2-on-4 with the hit by pitch and a run scored.

In a largely disappointing 2021 season for the Mets, Alonso has been a rare constant. He hit 37 home runs, and while he was a far cry from the 53 he started in his rookie season, Alonso’s slugger often kept the Mets afloat.

“The 2022 season starts today. The end goal is to live the dream of being the last team,” Alonso wrote on social media ahead of the win.

On the first night of the campaign, the Mets were still standing — even if Alonso was well acquainted with the filth.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/08/mets-pete-alonso-drilled-in-face-exits-against-nationals/ Mets’ Pete Alonso stabs himself in the face, leaves Nationals

JOE HERNANDEZ

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