The series technically started in April, but it ended with the Marlins getting swept for the fifth time in the second half.
After a 4-3 loss to the Mets on Thursday, the Marlins are now a season-low 24 games below .500 and 16 games out of first place.
Both the Marlins and Mets hit home runs on the first pitch their lead-off hitters saw, the first time that has happened in the pitch-count era (since 1988).
For the Marlins, it was Miguel Rojas who got the party started with a 401-foot blast to left off Mets starter Carlos Carrasco. It was Rojas’s eighth of the season, three shy of his career high from 2018.
El Capitán gets the party started. pic.twitter.com/o0hds8UJiG— Ethan Budowsky (@ethanbudowsky) September 2, 2021
The Marlins would add on another in the first after Jazz Chisholm Jr. tripled and Jesús Aguilar drove him in with an RBI single. Aguilar extended his lead atop the NL RBI leaderboard with his 93rd of the season.
Chisholm Jr. also provided one of the highlights of the game with a great catch on a flare from Javier Báez.
Maybe the best defensive play I’ve ever seen from Jazz. pic.twitter.com/8d4tvjMAWX— Ethan Budowsky (@ethanbudowsky) September 2, 2021
In the bottom of the first, former Marlin Jonathan Villar homered on the first pitch he saw off Sandy Alcantara to cut the lead in half. It was the third home run Alcantara has allowed in his last three starts.
Things got away from Alcantara in the fourth however as the Mets brought two across to take a 3-2 lead.
Brandon Nimmo singled and advanced to second on a throwing error by Isan Díaz, then scored on a double by Fransisco Lindor. After Lindor moved to third on a groundout, he came into score on Alcantara’s first balk of the season.
The Marlins loaded the bases in the sixth after a Miguel Rojas double and back-to-back walks from Jesús Aguilar and Jesús Sánchez. A third consecutive walk by Lewis Brinson brought the tying run across.
The Marlins could not bring the go-ahead run across however, as Sandy León struck out and Jorge Alfaro grounded out to end the inning.
Alcantara settled back in after the rough fourth, and despite not having his best stuff he battled to get into the seventh and kept the Marlins in a tie ballgame.
“It wasn’t as sharp as we’ve seen in the last couple starts,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said postgame, “but still pretty good.”
Alcantara was more harsh in his assessment of his performance.
“I don’t feel great about my outing today,” Alcantara said. “I was missing a lot and they won, so I feel bad.”
Mattingly said as good as Alcantara has been this year, he cannot be perfect every time out.
“I wish I could get that robot button that says ‘he does everything perfectly and hits every spot,’” Marlins manager Don Mattingly joked postgame. “But, these guys are not gonna be that way. There’s sometimes where we’re gonna have to go help them out and do some things.”
Sandy Alcántara, Filthy Back-to-Back Changeups. pic.twitter.com/Kyvoe5i4ae— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) September 3, 2021
However, Alcantara let up back-to-back singles with one out in the seventh that set the Mets up with runners on the corners. Dominic Smith came up to pinch hit and lined a ball—which was heading foul—off Jesús Aguilar’s glove in fair territory, allowing the go-ahead run to score and ending Alcantara’s night.
Richard Bleier would take over and get the final two outs of the inning to keep the deficit at 4-3.
The Marlins now head home to take on the red-hot Phillies in a three-game weekend set at loanDepot Park.