The Mets beat the Marlins 1-0 at Citi today, taking 3 of 4 in the weekend series. The game was scoreless until the bottom of th 12th, when Juan Lagares led off with a walk. Daniel Murphy followed with a single, sending Lagares to third, and the Mets were in business. Lucas Duda then walked to load the bases. However, Zach Lutz grounded to third for a force at the plate, then Andrew Brown grounded to first for a force at the plate. It looked like the Mets would squander the opportunity, until Travis d’Arnaud singled up the middle, scoring Duda with the game winner.
The story of this game, other than the Mets’ listless offense, was the stellar pitching of Dillon Gee. Gee went 7.1 innings, allowing no runs on 6 hits, striking out 8 and walking 2. The Mets’ bullpen was equally brilliant today, with Pedro Feliciano, Scott Atchison, LaTroy Hawkins, Gonzalez Germen, and Vic Black shutting the Marlins out over 4.2 innings. The top of the 9th of this game was interesting. Logan Morrison led off with a grounder to second, that Murphy tried to shovel to first and ended up shoveling into the Mets’ dugout. Adeiny Hechavarria ran for Morrison. Ed Lucas then hit a ground ball to Murphy, who was playing back. Murphy, trying to atone for his error, did something you never see. He threw to third, and nipped Hechavarria there. But that’s not all. Koyie Hill then grounded to Wilmer Flores at third, who threw to Murphy at second, but Murphy did not catch the ball, leaving runners at second and third with one out. What an adventurous inning for Murphy.
- The game-winning hit must feel great for d’Arnaud, who has been struggling badly with a .169 average.
- The Mets’ offense is very anemic without David Wright, but they outlasted the Marlins today to squeak by with a win.
- Eric Young Junior had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the 9th (runner on third), but struck out. Andrew Brown had a chance to win it in the bottom of the 10th (runner on first), but struck out. The Mets are now 68-82 on the season, and need to win 6 more games to equal last year’s total of 74 wins.
The Mets are off tomorrow, but it’s a very big day, as Matt Harvey will be examined by Dr. James Andrews.