The Marlins took a beating Friday night, and most of it occurred in the first inning. Pablo López gave up eight runs in the eventual 11-2 loss. This gave the Mets their best first inning in over 35 years. The Fish put together two runs in their offensive effort.
Pablo López: 3 IP, 10 H, 10 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 3 HR
Zack Wheeler: 7 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 11 K, 0 HR
The first inning was a rough one. To López's credit, he was able to finish it out. He gave up a total of 7 hits, walked two men, and hit a batter. The massive damage was a grand slam off the bat of Ahmed Rosario. López struggled all night with his location. There was constant issues when facing a new batter.
The next two innings for López was not much better. He gave up a solo home run in each of the innings. Each mistake was pretty much identical. Jorge Alfaro wanted the ball on the outside part of the plate. Instead, López delivered a ball that moved across the middle-in part of the plate. Each pitch was crushed. (He will face the Mets next week again, but this time at home.)
The Fish were able to put together some nice small ball during the third inning. Four singles and a sac fly would give the Fish their two runs. The Fish had runners on base a couple more times, but could do nothing with it. They had ten hits in total, so at least the hitting was there tonight. Brian Anderson got to show off his canon of an arm again, and for me I could watch his throws all day long.
Sandy Alcántara will take on Jacob deGrom. First pitch is 7:10 ET.
Marlins vs Mets box score (MLB.com)
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