In a 2-1 Miami win on Saturday afternoon, both Miami and the Mets would get everything they could out of their young aces. Both pitchers put in the minimum for a decision, but watched double that amount unfold from their respective dug-outs.
Jose Fernandez hurled another gem from the mound today. The Marlins' righty went six innings, giving up one run on three hits, and walking just three while striking out seven. Fernandez struggled a bit through the first couple of frames, as his pitch-count was at 55 before the end of the third inning.
The Mets used this inning to strike first. Juan Lagares doubled to center, allowing Ike Davis (reached on a walk) to score from first. The Marlins would respond at the top of the 4th, starting with a David Dietrich single to right field. With a man on, one out for batter Marcell Ozuna, Miami skipper Mike Redmond signalled for a hit-and-run. Ozuna lined a single to center field, putting a man on first and third for Chris Coghlan.
Coghlan's sacrifice fly would score Dietrich for the Marlins' first run. The following at-bat would see the inning cut short as Ozuna was picked off at first.
Following his bumpy third frame, Fernandez settled into a nice groove. With the game tied, the Marlins' righty struck out the side in the bottom half of the fourth. Each Mets batter of the inning was caught looking at a breaking ball. Fernandez (0.57 WHIP in June) would be pulled out of the game in the sixth, having thrown his 97th pitch of the afternoon.
Harvey was his usual sharp self for the Mets today. He would go seven innings, giving up a run on six hits, and striking out six while walking none. Harvey seemed to be having some lower back tightness upon leaving the game.
In the eighth inning, Miami saw a shot at taking a late lead. With Harvey out, the Marlins jumped on reliever Brandon Lyon. Adeiny Hechavarria started things off, knocking a breaking ball to left center for a single. Hechavaria would steal second, after which Greg Dobbs reached on a walk.
With two men on, no outs, and no Harvey, Juan Pierre took his spot in the batter's box. Hechavarria, the Marlins' 24-year-old shortstop, showed his youth as he was picked off by John Buck while trying to steal third. Hechavarria seemed to misread a bunt attempt by Pierre, thinking bat had met ball. Instead, Buck rifled the ball to Daniel Murphy, who sent it to David Wright at third, catching Hechavarria in the act.
That base running error would be followed by Juan Pierre rolling into a 4-5-3 double play to the end the inning, staving off the Marlins eighth inning scoring chance.
As the game went into extra innings, the Mets caught a glimpse of a walk-off in the twelfth frame. With one out, Marlon Byrd sent a flyball to right field, with Daniel Murphy tagging third base and racing for home. After making the catch, Ozuna sent a rocket one-bouncer to catcher Rob Brantly who would tag Murphy out to end the inning.
The Marlins would send Kevin Slowey to the mound in the 13th inning. The righty put in eight shut down innings, giving up eight hits and striking out eight.
In the 20th inning, Miami saw a pair of singles from Brantly and Placido Polanco with one out. With two men on, Hechavarria was next up. He singled to center, scoring the game winning run in Polanco. Steve Cishek would enter in the bottom half of the 20th, needing just seven pitches to collect his sixth save of the season.
Despite both teams' aces putting in quality performances, neither would get a decision. Slowey earned the win for Miami, while the Mets' Shaun Marcum (1 ER, 1 H, 7 SO in 8 innings of relief) was dealt the loss.