The New York Mets greeted the Miami Marlins Tuesday night at Marlins Park with three solo home runs, breaking the game open against Miami’s bullpen en route to an 8-3 final score. It extended the Marlins’ season-high losing streak to four.
Right-hander Humberto Mejía made his second career major league start, having debuted 11 days ago against the same opponent at Citi Field. Mejīa surrendered a third-inning, two-out solo blast to Brandon Nimmo and a leadoff, fourth-inning tater to J.D. Davis. According to Statcast, Davis’ home run traveled 418 feet.
The Marlins responded with two critical fourth-inning runs of their own, thanks in large part to an RBI apiece from Brian Anderson—who finished 2-for-4—and Jesús Aguilar. That rally cut the deficit to 3-2.
Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte contributed 1 1⁄3 scoreless innings, but exited with what has been diagnosed as a right oblique strain. Unfortunately, that injury typically requires a multi-week stint on the IL. Miami’s other relievers in this contest allowed a combined four runs and five walks in five frustrating innings.
6 walks for marlins pitchers tonight, 14 so far this series— Alex Krutchik (@AlexKrutchikFS) August 19, 2020
With the outcome all but decided, former outfielder-turned-pitcher Brett Eibner took the mound for the first time in the majors. He worked a scoreless ninth inning, stranding the bases loaded. Eibner is the 30th different individual to throw a pitch for the Fish in 2020.
Brett Eibner's first Marlins strikeout. 92 mph with some nice horizontal break on that second pitch pic.twitter.com/uJHQVVjTOS— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) August 19, 2020
In order to avoid five consecutive defeats, the Marlins will have to solve Jacob deGrom Wednesday night in game three of the series. Don Mattingly’s group will send out right-hander Pablo López. The two pitchers dueled Aug. 9 at Citi Field, with the Mets picking up a close 4-2 victory.