Robert Dugger: 5 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 2 HR
Jacob deGrom: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HR
The Mets and Marlins wasted little time during game one of their doubleheader. The first pitch out of Dugger's hands was blasted into the right field bullpen. The slider was located in the middle of the zone and Jeff McNeil did not hesitate.
The Marlins did not wait to respond. The second inning started with a double by Brian Anderson. He jumped on a first pitch curveball. Starlin Castro kept the offense going by doubling Anderson home, 1-1 Fish.
The Mets came back in the next inning with some quick scoring. Ahmed Rosario hit a solo shot to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Things would only get worse for Dugger after this inning.
The fourth inning was a challenge from the get go. Two walks and a hit by pitch set up a bases loaded opportunity for deGrom, one of the best hitting pitchers in baseball. He capitalized on his chance. A single to center field was enough to add two more runs, making it 4-1 Mets. Dugger ran into more trouble during the fifth. He gave up two more runs before getting out of the inning and ending his day.
Isan Díaz made his Major League debut today. He made his presence known in the sixth inning. Díaz launched a deGrom fastball into the pen to give the Fish their second run of the game. His first Major League home run came just as they were interviewing his family in the stands. A special moment for sure to start his Major League Career.
The Marlins did little offensively after this moment, besides pressuring Edwin Diaz in the ninth. Tayron Guerrero pitched an inning for the Fish, striking out two and walking one. Wei Yin Chen pitched three innings, striking out three and also walking one.
Game two will pit Sandy Alcántara against Walker Lockett, start time will be 7:35 ET.
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