This was absolutely one of the most exciting wins of the season for the Marlins as they took the rubber game of the series from the Mets. With a comeback in the 9th against one of the best pitchers in the league, the Marlins showed off their ability to compete when all of their cylinders are firing.
With Dan Straily coming off of his success against the Braves, it shouldn’t be a surprise that this game was scoreless until the bottom of the 5th inning last night. The Marlins had several chances to capitalize as they had at least one runner on base in every inning outside of the third. Which would be an excellent Icthyomancy prop bet...just saying.
However, deGrom continued to deGrominate (sorry...) as he kept getting all of the big outs when he needed them and the game would remain scoreless until the bottom half of the 5th inning.
Straily was doing well until he allowed a lead off infield hit to Amed Rosario, but he would be caught stealing at second base. The Marlins have been the best in baseball in limiting base-running all thanks to JT Realmuto. So with no one on base, Brandon Nimmo hammered a ball deep in to the upper deck in right field. This would be Nimmo’s 3rd home run of the season. Straily would continue through the 5th and get through the 6th in a 1-2-3 fashion.
Nick Wittgren continued to impress in the 7th without giving up a hit. Adam Conley would give up a hit to Brandon Nimmo in the 8th, but it would be for naut.
Jacob deGrom was rolling in his start tonight, coming off of a hot start to the season as he had only allowed 1 run over his last 26.3 IP. He had 4 hits, 2 walks, and 8 strike outs through 7 IP before handing it over to the bullpen.
The Mets would turn to Jeurys Familia in the 9th. He had 13 saves (and 3 blown saves) coming into last night’s game. AND THEN! The driver of the struggle bus, Martin Prado with his .159 BA came in and knocked a pinch-hit single in the biggest moment of the night. Yadiel Rivera came in to run for Prado. Derek Dietrich would push Rivera to third base with a double. With two on base, JT Realmuto would loop a 1-1 pitch into left center and bring Rivera. Dietrich would be caught at home by a wiiiiide margin on an 8-2 throw from Michael Conforto to the catcher. Now with 2 outs and JT Realmuto on 2nd base, Justin Bour was walked intentionally (shocker). With two men on, Starlin Castro lined one to left to bring Realmuto home with a standing-up walk off win.
*CUE 1,000 FIST PUMPS*
Swordfish: Derek Dietrich (.315 WPA)
Flounder: Lewis Brinson (-.116)
Moment of the Game: Martin Prado! Dan Straily! JT Real$$$! Too many to pick for me!
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|MIAMI MARLINS||NEW YORK METS|
|Derek Dietrich - LF||Brandon Nimmo - LF|
|J.T. Realmuto - C||Asdrubal Cabrera - 2B|
|Justin Bour - 1B||Michael Conforto - CF|
|Starlin Castro - 2B||Jay Bruce - RF|
|Brian Anderson - 3B||Devin Mesoraco - C|
|Miguel Rojas - SS||Adrian Gonzalez - 1B|
|J.B. Shuck - RF||Luis Guillorme - 3B|
|Lewis Brinson - CF||Jacob deGrom - RHP|
|Dan Straily - RHP||Amed Rosario - SS|
Jacob deGrom has had a bizarre month as he was sidelined with a hyper-extended elbow on May 2nd. He needed 45 pitches to get through the first inning against the Phillies in his first start back and was pulled after that for “precautionary reasons.” According to ESPN, deGrom is the first pitcher to start a game, pitch one inning or less, throw at least 45 pitches and not allow an earned run. His most recent start against the ailing Diamondbacks was very successful as he had a career-high 13 strikeouts over seven innings.
Dan Straily looked solid in his last outing as he tossed seven shutout innings in a win against the red-hot Atlanta Braves offense. He has thrown 14 strikeouts and 14 walks in his 20 innings since coming off of the disabled list for minor forearm inflammation.
Which player in franchise history do you wish would have spent more of their career with the Marlins? @ Mike Piazza