Sep 14, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka (16) delivers a pitch in the first inning of baseball game between the New York Mets and Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

9/14 Mets Game Recap, Gm. 2 - Dice-K Brilliant as Mets Beat Marlins 3-1

Daisuke Matsuzaka, drawing the ire of Mets fans only less than 3 weeks ago, was absolutely fantastic tonight against the Fish to follow up his solid performance at Cleveland. Helped out with back-to-back solo shots by Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda, the Mets were able to split today’s doubleheader by a score of 3-1.

Box Score and Highlights Here.

The Mets got going in the 1st against Miami RHP Jacob Turner. Though Eric Young and Juan Lagares opened the frame up with back-to-back strikeouts, Daniel Murphy singled to right to keep the inning alive. He stole 2nd base with Duda up at the plate, and Lucas followed with a walk. Wilmer Flores, who was 4-31 before tonight, singled to left, scoring Murph for the game’s 1st run, and sending Duda to 3rd. Matt den Dekker followed with a strikeout, but the Mets had a 1-0 lead.

In the 3rd, Murph led the inning off with an absolute shot into the visitor’s bullpen. Not to be outdone, Lucas Duda, who has been much, much better of late, absolutely crushed the ball into the back of the Mets bullpen four pitches later to make it 3-0 Mets.

The Marlins’ first hit of the ballgame came in the 4th in the form of a solo shot by Justin Ruggiano. That was all Dice-K would yield, run-wise, as he pitched into the 7th, taking the mound in the 8th before the lefty Chris Coghlan was announced, prompting Terry Collins to bring in Pedro Feliciano.

Fittingly, with LaTroy Hawkins on the mound and Giancarlo Stanton on 2nd after a leadoff single and a groundout, Daniel Murphy fielded the game’s last out, throwing over to his offensive partner, Lucas Duda, to seal the Mets win.

Notables:

  • Dice-K was nasty, pitching 7 innings, giving up 1 run on 2 hits and 1 walk, striking out 3, al within the span of 91 pitches.
  • Daniel Murphy was 2-4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI
  • Lucas Duda was 2-3 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI
  • Ruben Tejada doubled in the 2nd.
  • Vic Black pitched to Anthony Recker in the 8th, which Josh Lewin referred to giddily as “Black and Recker.”

Thoughts:

Dice-K was brought on to eat up innings, hopefully with some serviceable pitching. He had been anything but, leaving the whole “eating up innings” idea moot. He was over 100 pitches when he got pulled in the 6th in his last start having only given up 1 run, but needed less than 95 pitches to get threw 7 here, and could have potentially pitched threw the 8th if match-ups weren’t played (Coghlan did end up striking out.) He is clearly not a part of our future, but for the sake of good pitching and for the sake of the next couple of Metsian weeks, it’d be nice to see if Dice-K can rise his stock even more before an important offseason for the veteran pitcher.

Duda is such a fun player to watch when he’s right, and it was awesome to see him and Murph combine to carry the team tonight offensively. Who knows what the Metsian future holds, but it wouldn’t be a terrible world if both Lucas Duda and Daniel Murphy are successfully part of that. The odds are scrambled, though, since this roster could look many different ways in the coming years.

Baseball’s fun, ain’t it?

 

The Mets will go for the series win tomorrow at 1:10PM when RHP Dillon Gee (11-10 3.61 ERA) takes on RHP Tom Koehler (3-10, 4.80ERA).

 

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