Jacob DeGrom is the likely NL Cy Young Award winner this season, and Jose Urena? Well, it’s been a season most memorable for a hit-by-pitch and a subsequent suspension. Since that suspension, Urena has been a different pitcher; aggressive and challenging batters to hit his electric fastball. Lewis Brinson has also had a turnaround month as well.
In the fourth, the Lew Crew struck again! After With back to back singles from Anderson and Deitrich, Lewis Brinson hit an 0-2 fastball, clocked at 97 mph for a double to dead center field to score both base-runners. This at bat is yet another reason to feel excited about Brinson heading into next season, as he was able to handle a tough offering from a tough pitcher. and he is now hitting .340 over his last 15 games using a more controlled approach.
In the bottom of the fourth, Urena hunkered down after giving up a leadoff double to Michael Conforto. His two-seamer was really hitting his spots, not allowing hitters to make solid contact, and this inning was a terrific example of this.
He has been great after that Acuna incident. How is his stats looking since then?— Tomi Korkeamäki (@TKorkeamaki) September 12, 2018
Unfortunately, in the bottom of the sixth, Conforto did one better and hit a solo shot to draw the Mets within one.
In the top of the seventh, Brinson blasted a fly ball to the warning track in right, which was caught, but showed him still driving the ball with authority.
J.T. Riddle would add insurance with a blast to right field off of Mets reliever Anthony Swarzak
HOME RUN: @_Riddler_10 smacks a solo homer in the 8th inning to make it 3-1 against the New York Mets!— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) September 12, 2018
Watch the @Marlins in Game 1 LIVE now on FOX Sports Florida and FOX Sports Go! #MLB #JustGettinStarted pic.twitter.com/mhQEljc9VW
In the ninth, Miami would add even more insurance off of the Mets bullpen, with runs scoring on a triple from Brian Anderson and another run off a double from Derek Dietrich to give the Marlins a 5-1 lead.
The Fish held on to win 5-3, defeating Jacob DeGrom and getting off on the right foot in the four game set in New York against the Mets. Degrom now has a losing record, 8-9, with an ERA of 1.71. Meanwhile, Urena has continued his dominance since his suspension, and is now 3-0 with a 2.22 ERA since that incidence. Oh, and he hasn’t hit any batters in the process.
King Fish: Jose Urena with another strong outing
Flounder: The Mets for not supporting their ace
Turning Point: The two-run double from Lewis Brinson