Things were looking good for the Miami Marlins early on in their series finale versus the New York Mets. The Fish got on the board in the second inning with a series of base hits and speedy running by catcher J.T. Realmuto. With Martin Prado and Marcell Ozuna on board, Realmuto hit a grounder that, with a lot of players, would have resulted in a double play ball. However, the former middle infielder and speedster (for a catcher) beat out the throw, scoring Prado and putting Miami up 1-0 early.
That early run looked good, as Tom Koehler started off the game retiring the first nine hitters faced. But the fourth inning swallowed him alive. The Mets loaded the bases early, collected five hits, and Koehler surrendered three walks, leading to seven runs total and a quick hook for the big righty. That entire inning, Koehler failed to find the strike zone, and his breaking pitches that did land in the zone unfortunately landed far too close to the center of the plate, leading to well-struck base hits and capped off by the demoralizing bases-clearing double by Ruben Tejada.
Things looked great for the Mets and Matt Harvey, who started off strong. He went six innings and struck out seven batters without a single walk. However, he also slowly allowed Miami back into the game with some poorly timed hits. Twice the wild pitch played a role in scoring the Marlins a run, as the Fish picked up bases and runs off of balls in the dirt in the sixth and seventh innings. Eventually, Miami cut the lead down to 7-4 against Harvey.
The Fish tacked two more runs onto the board in the eighth inning against Buddy Carlyle. They loaded the bases off three consecutive hits by Giancarlo Stanton, Michael Morse, and Prado, and two sacrifice flies eventually cut it down to a one-run lead. However, that was all the Fish could muster, as the ninth inning came and went quietly, with a Giancarlo Stanton strikeout to end the contest. The Marlins lose the four-game series in sweep fashion.
The team takes a day off tomorrow before traveling to my new neck of the woods, Philadelphia, for a three-game series versus the Philadelphia Phillies.
Hero of the Game: Mike Morse (0.078 WPA) among the starters
Zero of the Game: Tom Koehler (-0.424 WPA)
Play of the Game: Daniel Murphy singled to right field in the fourth inning. Curtin Grandeson scored. Travis D'Arnaud and Lucas Duda advanced. (-0.139 WPA)