The Marlins clearly love playing the Mets. The Marlins opened today’s game 11-7 against the New Yorkers for the season. After a rough three week stretch which saw Miami falling out of the wild card race, a little home cooking (and the Mets) were what the Fish needed. Behind their best pitcher, José Ureña, the Marlins went for the sweep of the three game set today at Marlins Park.
Things started off well against struggling Mets starter, Rafael Montero in the first inning. Marcell Ozuna opened the scoring in the first with a sharp liner to left with two outs to score Dee Gordon, who had reached on a lead off double.
Ozuna was at the center of the Marlins scoring in the third inning as well, and again came through with two outs. Christian Yelich had walked and stole second, and Ozuna came through with a two-out single on a hard ground ball to center to score Yelich for his 115th RBI of the year. 2-0 Fish.
Next up, Justin Bour hit a bomb to center over the Dewalt sign in center field to put the good guys up 4-0. It was Bour’s 23rd of the year, matching a career high for the slugger.
In the fourth, a two-out single by Giancarlo Stanton scored Miguel Rojas to put the Marlins up 5-0.
Meanwhile Ureña showed his increasing ability to go deep into games. Jose went eight innings for the third time as a big leaguer. He did so on 107 pitches, giving up seven runs on two hits, walking none and fanning three. His strong walk/inning pitch ratio has been a key to his success rate this year, and today was a perfect example. He went to 14-6 for the season, and the Fish went to 17-9 in games where he was the starter.
The game was still reasonably close: 5-2 Fish going to the bottom of the eighth. In a span of 12 pitches, Erik Goddel ended any remaining concern A.J. Ellis and Miguel Rojas added a solo homers in the bottom of the eighth. It was Ellis’ 5th of the year and Rojas’ 1st this season. Then, in the moment we were hoping for, Stanton lined a ball over the wall in left for a two-run shot, giving him 56 homers for the season, and 120 RBIs. The laser shot was 399 feet and was 117 mph off the bat to end the scoring for Miami, and seal a 9-2 victory.
The Marlins outscored the Mets 27-7 in the three game sweep, and have tomorrow off before hosting Arizona this weekend.
Turning Point: The two-out hit by Ozuna in the third, leading to Justin Bour hitting his two run shot.
King Fish: Let’s hear it again for José Ureña!
Flounder: That awful relief outing for the Erik Goddel of the Mets