The Miami Marlins and the New York Mets met for the rubber match of their three game series on Sunday at Marlins Park. After New York took the first two games, Marlins fans knew Miami could take one from their NL East rivals, since it was Jose day at Marlins Park.
Marlins ace Jose Fernandez pitched a nearly flawless game, as he led the Marlins to a 1-0 victory. Miami was able to salvage this series by taking one at home, as they gear up for a long road trip. Everyone knew this was going to be a low scoring affair, as this game featured two aces, Fernandez, and Matt Harvey for the Mets.
Both the Mets and Marlins couldn’t figure out the pitchers, as they both kept trading strikeouts. Finally, the Marlins solved the Dark Knight. After the Marlins put a string of hits together, they finally got what they needed most. J.T. Realmuto singled to center, which scored Derek Dietrich, and the Marlins held the decisive 1-0 lead.
Yes, I know, a 1-0 lead typically isn’t decisive, but in this game, it would be more than enough. New York threatened to score in the top of the seventh, when they had runners on first and third. However, Fernandez mowed down Wilmer Flores, as he denied the Mets a chance at an elusive run.
A.J. Ramos closed the deal for the Marlins, as Miami came away with the 1-0 win in the series finale. Fernandez was nearly unstoppable today, as he pitched 7.0 innings, striking out 14 batters, and he didn’t allow a run. Harvey nearly matched Fernandez, as he gave up one run in 7.0 innings of work.
Giancarlo Stanton was out of the lineup today, which meant Ichiro got the start in right field. He went 1-4, as he continues his quest to reach 3,000 hits. Derek Dietrich went 2-3 with a run scored. There were only nine hits in this game, as the Marlins outhit the Mets, 5-4.
Hero of the Game: Jose Fernandez (0.44)
Goat of the Game: Asdrubal Cabrera (-0.15)
Play of the Game: J.T. Realmuto singles to center, Derek Dietrich scores