I found myself wondering today what food item Dan Jennings would compare to a loss. If a win is a delectable donut to a man like Jennings, then a loss must be something foul like Lutefisk, or virtually inedible, such as socks. Fortunately we can save such speculation for another day as the Marlins were able to defeat the Mets in a back and fourth affair, 9-5.
The scoring came early for both teams. After the Mets had scored in the bottom of the first to make it 1-0, the Marlins responded in the second when Donovan Solano doubled in Marcell Ozuna and J.T. Realmuto, giving Miami the 2-1 advantage. Giancarlo Stanton would add a solo homer in the 3rd inning and Realmuto would homer with Christian Yelich on base in the 4th. The Marlins led 5-1 at this point.
Tom Koehler could not hold on, however, and gave it all back in his half of the 4th to bring the score to five apiece. He ended up exiting with only three and a third innings pitched, giving up five runs all earned on seven hits, walking four and striking out one.
In the seventh, Gordon singled into left off of Hansel Robles, then Martin Prado chopped one over Ruben Tejada's head to put runners on 1st and 3rd. Stanton walked to load the bases and the Marlins were sitting pretty, but Robles quickly got two outs, getting Baker to strike out on three pitches and Ozuna to pop out to the first baseman Duda. It seemed Robles might escape unscathed, but Christian Yelich wasn't having it. He looped a single into right field that bounced past Curtis Granderson and allowed two to score, giving the Marlins a 7-5 lead.
In the eighth the Marlins injury ravaged and depleted bench forced Jennings to turn to Dan Haren for a pinch-hitting opportunity. I always enjoy an opportunity to watch Haren gallop around the bases but alas he struck out.
The Marlins would play add-on in the ninth, courtesy of a back-to-back sequence from the 3-4 hitters. The first was another second-deck homerun by Stanton and then a solo shot by Jeff Baker. The Marlins led comfortably 9-5 which is where the score would remain.
The sometimes maligned pen pitched a combined five and two thirds innings scoreless (Vin Mazzaro, Bryan Morris, Mike Dunn, Carter Capps, Sam Dyson and AJ Ramos). Dee Gordon also extended his hitting streak to eight games. The Fish go for the sweep on the morrow, 1:10pm EST start.
Hero of the Game: Christian Yelich (+.390)
Goat of the Game: Tom Koehler (-.480)
Play of the Game: Yelich single in the 7th, scoring Gordon and Prado (+.316)