Matt Harvey and Jose Fernandez Duel
Wow, after watching that game, the fifth inning seems days ago. However, way back then, Matt Harvey left the game after an utterly dominant five innings. Harvey used his nasty fastball/slider combo to strike out seven Marlins in 5.1 innings. He did allow seven hits and one earned run, however. It was somewhat surprising to see how long of a leash the Mets had with Harvey. Harvey threw 121 pitches, forty more than Jose Fernandez. Jose Fernandez was just okay Monday night. He didn't have his best stuff and John Buck homered off of him. Nonetheless, Fernandez kept the Marlins in the game and that's impressive enough in itself.
Marlins Come Back in the Ninth
Trailing 2-1, the Marlins needed to score against Bobby Parnell in the bottom of the ninth. The inning got off to a sharp start when Justin Ruggiano hit a 2-1 fastball to deep right field for a double. After a Rob Brantly single advanced Ruggiano to third, Nick Green tied everything up with a sacrifice fly. This wouldn't be Green's last heroic at bat of this game...
Sprinting to first base after hitting a grounder to Buck, Giancarlo Stanton injured his right hamstring and was pulled from the game. Hopefully, it's nothing more than a simple pulled muscle. No matter how serious this injury turns out to be, one would expect Stanton to be held out of action tomorrow.
- The Marlins went the entire game without making an error.
- John Buck now has nine homers.