The Miami Marlins met the New York Mets on Friday at Marlins Park, as the NL East foes kicked off a three game weekend series. The Marlins had a hefty task ahead of them, as they were to face the mighty Thor, (or Noah Syndergaard).
Syndergaard was looking to continue his red hot start to the year, and it looked like he was pretty successful in accomplishing that. Both the Mets and the Marlins came in with pretty similar records, as the Mets looked to create some separation, while the Marlins looked to get closer to the Mets in terms of record.
The Marlins were able to get to Syndergaard in the bottom of the second inning, as Marcell Ozuna continued his torrid start to the season by homering to left field. The Marlins held the early 1-0 lead, but it only lasted for a little while longer. In the top of the fourth, the Mets weren’t going to let Tom Koehler shut them out any longer.
Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera homered to right field, and just like that, the Mets tied the Marlins at 1 apiece. Shortly after that, Wilmer Flores singled to right, which scored Yoenis Cespedes, and the Mets took the 2-1 lead over the Marlins. In the bottom of the sixth, Ozuna hit a fly ball to left, but Martin Prado was able to score, so off the sacrifice fly, the Marlins had tied the game at 2.
The Mets didn’t let the score sit for that much longer. Newly acquired James Loney homered to right, which scored Flores, and the Mets took the decisive 4-2 lead. To put the cherry on top for the Mets, Rene Rivera homered to center, which scored Flores, and the Mets took the commanding 6-2 lead.
That would turn out to be the final score, as the Mets defeated the Marlins 6-2 in the first game of this three game series. Syndergaard had a dominant day as expected, as he struck out nine batters, and he gave up two runs in 7.0 innings of work.
Tom Koehler was on the hill for Miami, and he pitched 6.0 innings, allowing three runs and striking out six batters. Marcell Ozuna was the only one who had a solution for Syndergaard, as he went 1-3 with two RBIS. The Mets outhit the Marlins, 10-7. The Marlins will look to bounce back tomorrow, as Justin Nicolino faces off against the most entertaining man in the world, Bartolo Colon.
Hero of the Game: James Loney (0.28)
Goat of the Game: Mike Dunn (-0.24)
Play of the Game: James Loney homers to right, Wilmer Flores scores