Miami-Getaway day games tend to be light in the offensive category in the major leagues. Today's game between the New York Mets and Miami Marlins was no exception. The two teams combined for only one run and five hits on the afternoon. Unfortunately for the Mets, the Marlins scored the only run in the bottom of the ninth inning to win 1-0 and complete a series sweep.
The game was played at a brisk two hours and 40 minutes thanks to superb pitching on both sides. The Mets (16-17) got a strong outing from Zack Wheeler, who managed to work around five walks and two hits to throw six scoreless innings. The Marlins (19-15) got an even better outing from Tom Koehler, who gave up only two hits and a walk over eight scoreless innings.
The best scoring chances in the game came late. The Mets tried to get a run off of Koehler in the eighth when Lucas Duda led off the inning with a single, and was then sacrifice to second by Anthony Recker. Koehler held him there by striking out pinch hitters Bobby Abreu and Josh Satin to keep the game scoreless.
The Marlins did their damage against reliever Carlos Torres (2-1, 2.84 ERA). Torres, who had worked a scoreless eighth inning, was sent back out for the ninth by manager Terry Collins. Torres gave up a single to Giancarlo Stanton to lead off the inning, and dug himself further into a hole by walking Casey McGehee. Garrett Jones flew out to left, moving Stanton to third and sending Collins to the mound to remove Torres. Kyle Farnsworth came in and gave up the game winning sacrifice fly to Marcell Ozuna to allow the Marlins to complete the sweep.
This series was a truly awful one for the Mets. The Mets gave away a brutal game on Monday night and looked flat as a pancake for the next two days, failing to score a run in both contests. The Mets are getting tremendous starting pitching, but the offense has to score some runs to help them out. The Mets can't go through an entire season expecting to score two runs a game and win.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game Award goes to Marlins' starting pitcher Tom Koehler, who stifled the Mets' offense over eight innings. Koehler could've easily earned a win if not for the equally strong effort from Zack Wheeler.
Post Game Notes:
- The Mets have not scored a run in their last 23 innings played.
- Marlins' closer Steve Cishek (3-1, 1.93 ERA) picked up the relief win for the Marlins.
- David Wright collected the only other hit for the Mets, a double in the first inning against Koehler.
- The Marlins are now 17-5 at home this season.
- The Mets finished their eight game road trip with a 2-6 record.
- The Mets scored only three runs in the entire series (all on Monday).
After an off day tomorrow, the Mets will return home to begin a three game weekend series with the Philadelphia Phillies. Jenrry Mejia (3-0, 5.23 ERA) will look to snap the Mets' losing streak, while the Phillies will counter with Roberto Hernandez (2-1, 4.50 ERA). First pitch at Citi Field is scheduled for 7:10 pm.
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