Final Recap: Mets 2 – Marlins 1 (10)

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The New York Mets (67-64) defeated the Miami Marlins (67-64) in walk-off fashion tonight in ten innings by the final score of 2-1. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…

http://m.mlb.com/gameday/marlins-vs-mets/2016/08/29/448820?#game=448820,game_state=final,game_tab=box

Game Notes:

  • Yoenis Cespedes went 3-5 with a walk off solo HR in the bottom of the 10th.
  • Jose Reyes was 1-5 with a double and would score the tying run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 8th.
  • Rafael Montero went 5 innings in his first big league start of the season while allowing no runs on two hits. He walked 6 and struck out 3.
  • Addison Reed had a rare off night as he pitched an inning while giving up 1 run on 2 hits. He walked none and struck out 1.

WHAT A WIN!! Tonight’s game felt like a playoff game and rightfully so between two teams in the thick of the NL Wild Card race. The Mets were able to walk off on the heroics of none other than our star player Yoenis Cespedes, as he deposited a 92 mph fastball deep into the left center field seats to give the Mets a much needed win in extras tonight. I will be watching that home run over and over for the next 24 hours as it was simply a thing of beauty.

The Mets over the past week and a half with Cespedes in the lineup have some sort of magic that follows them, similar to last season and it’s hard to ignore it. Down 1-0 in the bottom of the eighth after Addsion Reed was touched up for a run in the top of the inning, Jose Reyes led the bottom of the inning off with a double, and advanced to third on a fly ball from Alejandro De Aza. Reyes would then come home and score on a violent collision at home plate with Marlins pitcher A.J. Ramos who had thrown a wild pitch to the backstop. Reyes would be down for a few moments as he looked severely injured, but he eventually hopped up to the delight of the Citi Field crowd and remained in the game. 

With Jacob deGrom’s start being pushed back to Friday and the Mets calling up Rafael Montero to take his place from Double-A, you have to agree the pitching tonight exceeded expectations. Montero and the bullpen went toe to toe with the Jose Fernandez who always stymies the Mets, and gave the Mets a chance to pull off tonight’s victory. While Montero was a bit erratic on the mound and flirted with danger multiple times, he danced around it and ultimately oddly pitched five scoreless innings with six walks. You can’t make this stuff up, but of course we will take it! And shout out to the bullpen who despite Addison Reed’s off night (hey it happens) pitched incredibly the whole night! A combined five innings of one run ball with three hits and six strikeouts is getting it done. 

The Mets won’t gain any ground on the Cardinals tonight as the Cardinals won, and they will still sit 2.5 games behind them for the final NL Wild Card spot. They are now even however with the Marlins in the standings and could pass them tomorrow night with another victory. 

  • The Mets and Marlins will play the second game of their critical four-game series tomorrow night with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 pm et. You can watch tomorrow’s game on SNY.
  • Impressive rookie Seth Lugo (1-2, 2.51 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Mets and face off with Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler (9-9, 3.85 ERA).

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