The New York Mets (31-23) defeated the Miami Marlins (29-27) by the final score of 6-4 this afternoon at Marlins Park. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…
- James Loney was 3-5 with an RBI single.
- Michael Conforto was 1-4 with a sacrifice fly and an RBI single.
- Matt Reynolds had a pinch hit RBI single to put the Mets ahead in the top of the eighth.
- Alejandro De Aza was 1-2 with with a 2-run RBI double.
- Wilmer Flores was 3-4 with a run scored.
- Bartolo Colon went 5 innings allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits. He struck out a batter and also walked a batter.
- Jeurys Familia is now 18-18 in save chances as he closed out the ninth inning despite giving up a run.
It was a weird day in Miami that began with Yoenis Cespedes being a last minute scratch from the lineup with a sore right hip. Michael Conforto ended up replacing him and batting seventh. Juan Lagares seemed to injure his left thumb after he made a fantastic diving catch in center field, in the bottom of the sixth inning off the bat of Ichiro. There were runners on second and third base, and with the Marlins up a run he essentially saved the game for the Mets. Lagares was removed from the game and replaced by Alejandro de Aza. Asdrubal Cabrera’s hand also cramped up on a check swing in the top of the eighth inning and was checked out by a trainer but remained in the game. Terry Collins stated after the game that there wasn’t a doctor in Miami to check out all three of their injuries so it is a situation that bears monitoring.
Adding to the weirdness Kevin Plawecki had a game to forget. Plawecki was not standing on home plate when Wilmer Flores had thrown a ball in his direction at home plate in the bottom of the second inning for a force out with the bases loaded, which led to a Marlins run. In the top of the third after hitting a double, Plawecki was quickly picked off of second base by Marlins pitcher Justin Nicolino. It doesn’t help either that Plawecki left runners in scoring position twice this afternoon. It was a disappointing day for Plawecki as Rene Rivera is making a case for more playing time.
On to the positives! The Mets bottom-half of the lineup did the majority of the damage today, but it was a true team effort to win this afternoon’s contest. James Loney and Wilmer Flores each look settled in at their positions and it is showing in the batters box as they each had three hits today. The Mets belted out 15 hits today which tied a season high, and got contributions from everyone in the lineup. Matt Reynolds picked up his first career RBI with a clutch go-ahead RBI single in the top of the eighth inning, to put the Mets ahead for good. Alejandro De Aza also provided the insurance runs with a 2-run RBI double in the top of the ninth to give the Mets a 3-run lead. Bartolo Colon gutted out a solid performance this afternoon when he clearly didn’t have his best stuff on the mound, but did just enough to keep the Mets in today’s ball game. Colon also had a single at the plate which improved the Mets record to 10-2 when Big Sexy has a hit! The Mets now only sit a game behind the Washington Nationals in the standings with today’s win!
- The Mets will go for the sweep of the Fish tomorrow afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 1:10 pm et. Tomorrow’s game can be seen on SNY.
- Matt Harvey (4-7, 5.37 ERA) will look to build off his last start which was his best start of the season, against Marlins ace Jose Fernandez (8-2, 2.53 ERA).