Pablo López: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR
Steven Matz: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR
The first inning has been a hard one for the Marlins rotation this season. Things did not start off ideally today for López, as he gave up a lead off double to Jeff McNeil. With a man in scoring position it looked like the Mets were primed to score.
However, López seemed to never lose his composure when facing the next three batters. He focused in on the task at hand, striking out both Amed Rosario and Robinson Canó. Pete Alonso was López's final obstacle, which he took care of via ground out.
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López took control of the game after the first batter. He was able to amass 7 strikeouts in his 7 innings of work. Pitch speed was a strength of Pablo's throughout the game. When the Mets were able to get a hit or a walk, López continued on like nothing happened. The first hit of the game was the only one he gave up. This was a great start for López, especially since the Mets tagged him badly in his last start.
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The Marlins only got five hits in the game, but it was enough. The solo shot from Berti would’ve been enough to secure the win, but the Fish tacked on one more run in the third inning.
Berti started things off this time with a walk. After getting to second on a ground out, Brian Anderson singled Berti home. The pitching helped carry the Fish to their second win in a row.
Side note: Jorge Alfaro left the game with a mild left calf strain. He is currently listed as day to day. Alfaro expects to sit out on Sunday, which will be followed by a Marlins off-day, then potentially return to action against the Tigers.
The Fish will now be looking for the sweep when Sandy Alcántara takes on Noah Syndergaard at 1:10 p.m.
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