NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 30: Javier Vazquez #23 of the Florida Marlins pitches against the New York Mets at Citi Field on August 30, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
After dropping both games of Monday’s doubleheader, the Fish managed to do something right in Flushing Tuesday night as they topped the Mets 6-0 at Citi Field.
It was a milestone night for Javier Vazquez, who scattered just three hits and shut out the Mets through seven innings, striking out six to round out his career K total to 2,500. Javy became the 30th pitcher in Major League Baseball to reach the 2,500 mark. .
While the Mets struggled to hit against Vazquez, Mike Pelfrey had things pretty well under control through six scoreless innings of his own. In the seventh, however, the Marlins tagged him for four runs in the 5-run inning. .
Mike Cameron led off the inning with a double, John Buck worked a walk, and Javy’s bunt single loaded the bases. Emilio added a single to drive in the first run of the game, and after Tim Byrdak replaced Pelfrey on the mound, a groundout by Greg Dobbs made it 2-0.
Byrdak intentionally walked Mike Stanton to load up the bases once again, and Logan Morrison made him pay with a two-run single that put the Fish on top 4-0. Gaby Sanchez would add another RBI single to make it 5-0 before the Marlins made their third out of the frame.
In the ninth, the Fish rounded out their scoring courtesy of Mike Stanton and his 31st long ball of the season, and the Fish ‘pen completed the shutout and the 6-0 victory.