NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 22: John Buck #14 of the Miami Marlins (R) celebrates a ninth inning home run with teammates Donovan Solano #17 and Greg Dobbs #29 against the New York Mets at Citi Field on September 22, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
Hero of the Game: Rob Brantly (0.081 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Mark Buehrle (-0.180 WPA)
Play of the Game: (-0.187 WPA)
The Miami Marlins appeared ready for another dismal loss to the New York Mets on Saturday afternoon. Starter R.A. Dickey kept them utterly shut down for eight consecutive innings, further bolstering his Cy Young credentials. The Marlins did come close to scoring after Gil Velasquez singled and Bryan Petersen walked in the top of the third, but Dickey was able to end the threat, striking out the next two batters. Despite his excellent pitching, Dickey couldn't sustain his performance through the ninth. He began the inning by walking Gregg Dobbs and Donovan Solano, forcing the Mets to bring in Jon Rauch. Jon Buck proceeded to hit a three-run blast off Rauch, placing the Marlins within striking distance of the Mets. Rob Brantly reached base with a single, but the Marlins were unfortunately unable to score him and the Mets took the second game of the series.