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MIA 3, NYM 0; Rogers, Anderson, Berti star in nightcap shutout

Another game, another Marlins rookie starter executing in critical moments to contribute to a win over the Mets.

MLB: Game Two-Miami Marlins at New York Mets Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The Marlins (14-11) pitched a scoreless doubleheader on Tuesday for the first time in franchise history. Most of the credit for shutting down the Mets in the second game goes to left-hander Trevor Rogers, who surrendered only one hit in the 3-0 victory.

  • Seth Lugo—3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K (39 pitches)
  • Trevor Rogers—4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 6 K (87 pitches)

The top draft pick for the Fish in 2017, Rogers became the 11th different Marlins starting pitcher of the season and the 15th player to make his major league debut for them. He was throwing gas out of the gate and sustained it throughout his four frames. The majority of his fastballs clocked in at 94 miles per hour and above with a peak velocity of 96.1 mph according to Statcast.

Mets shortstop Amed Rosario recorded the only hit against Rogers, lining a pitch to right field that just barely escaped the grasp of rookie outfielder Jesús Sánchez.

Lugo was even sharper with his command. Fortunately for the Fish, he wasn’t close to being fully stretched out for a traditional starter’s workload. Jared Hughes relieved him in the bottom of the fourth—Miami had last licks because this was technically a make-up of last week’s postponement at Marlins Park—and Brian Anderson took advantage by breaking up the scoreless tie with a two-out, two-run double.

The doubleheader’s most memorable sequence came in the sixth when Jon Berti created a run all by himself. Exploiting the slow-to-the-plate Jeurys Familia and inexperienced Ali Sánchez, he stole second base, third base and home plate against the Mets battery to add a valuable insurance run.

The speedy Berti has reached base safely in every game that he’s batted in since the Marlins returned from their COVID-19 hiatus. He owns an otherworldly 89.3% stolen base success rate (25-for-28) in his two partial seasons with the club.

Right-handers Josh A. Smith and Nick Vincent combined for three scoreless innings in relief of Rogers. It’s unclear whether there will be room for both of them on the 40-man roster once more arms return from the injured list, but this certainly strengthened their cases.

On Wednesday, we will be treated to an outstanding pitching matchup: Elieser Hernandez vs. Jacob deGrom. First pitch at 7:10 p.m. ET.

Marlins vs. Mets box score

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