The New York Mets (5-1) defeated the Miami Marlins (2-5) by a score of 6-4 Wednesday night at Marlins Park. Jacob deGrom was dominant, striking out a career high 14 batters, while also hitting a solo home run himself.
After a quiet first inning, the Mets got things going in the second with a Keon Broxton single followed by an Amed Rosario triple off the right-center field fence, both hits coming with two outs. The Mets were unable to score Rosario from third as the inning ended with the Mets up 1-0.
The Mets kept piling on in the third as Jacob deGrom led off with a towering home run to right field, giving the Mets a 2-0 lead. Brandon Nimmo then earned a walk after working to a full count, and then Pete Alonso kept his slugging ways with an RBI double to left field, scoring Nimmo. The Mets were unable to score any more that inning, as the Mets took a 3-0 lead to the bottom of the third inning.
Mets hitters went down 1-2-3 in the fourth and fifth innings before Michael Conforto led off the sixth with a double to right field. The Mets couldn’t bring him around though, as J.D. Davis grounded out, Keon Broxton struck out, Amed Rosario was walked intentionally, and Tomas Nido struck out.
The Mets have been capitalizing with two outs all season, and the seventh inning was a continuation of that trend. After Jacob deGrom lined out to second base and Brandon Nimmo struck out, Pete Alonso lined a base hit to left field. That was followed up by a double from Robinson Cano, scoring Alonso from first.
With a 4-0 lead, the Mets were looking for insurance runs in the top of the 8th inning. While insurance usually protects against bad luck, the Mets were very fortunate in the inning. It all started when J.D. Davis led off by reaching on a fielding error by the shortstop Miguel Rojas. Keon Broxton then grounded out softly to the first baseman Neil Walker, advancing Davis to second, before Amed Rosario popped out for the second out of the inning.
Dominic Smith then hit what looked like a routine grounder to second for the last out of the inning, but instead, it hit off the lip of the outfield grass and ate up second baseman Starlin Castro. The ball rolled to right field as Davis scored from second, and upon the throw home, Smith waltzed into second. Wilson Ramos then lined a hanging curveball to right-center field, scoring Smith from second and giving the Mets a 6-0 lead.
Aside from a line drive single to center field off the bat of Michael Conforto, the Mets did nothing to add on to their lead in the ninth inning. Conforto and Pete Alonso each had two hits on the night, while Brandon Nimmo went 0-for-4 with a walk and four strikeouts.
Jacob deGrom did what we expected him to do against the Miami Marlins, as not only did he throw yet another consecutive quality start (that’s 26 now), he set a career high with 14 strikeouts. All in all, he went seven innings, allowing no runs on three hits and one walk. It should be two hits, but the Miami scorekeeper changed what went in the book as an error on Rosario to a double. Jake threw 114 pitches, 79 of which were strikes.
Luis Avilan came in for the eighth inning and put up a zero despite walking former Met Curtis Granderson. He stayed in for the ninth to finish out the game with the Mets up 6-0, but couldn’t nail it down, walking aptly named Neil Walker on four pitches to start the inning. Starlin Castro then lined a single to center field, putting runners on first and second with nobody out.
Martin Prado came up next, a batter who has hit .307/.374/.464 against lefties in his career. Callaway opted to stick with the southpaw Avilan considering the Mets were up 6-0 but was stung as Prado doubled to right field, scoring one and putting runners on second and third with nobody out.
Callaway then sent for Robert Gsellman who induced an RBI groundout off the bat of Lewis Brinson, also moving the runner to third. After striking out Jorge Alfaro, Gsellman allowed an RBI double to Rosell Herrera, and with the score now 6-3 and a runner on second base, a save situation arose. Callaway stuck with Gsellman for one more batter, and Miguel Rojas lined an RBI single to center field, shortening the Mets’ lead to 6-4.
Finally, Callaway brought in Edwin Diaz who got Curtis Granderson to fly out to right field on five pitches, nailing down the save for himself and a win for Jacob deGrom. Callaway’s bullpen management has been under intense scrutiny of late, and tonight did not help get us off his back.
The Mets travel back to New York for their home opener Thursday afternoon, sending Noah Syndergaard (0-0, 6.00 ERA) to the hill against the Nationals and starter Stephen Strasburg (0-0, 6.00 ERA). The first pitch at Citi Field in 2019 will be thrown at 1:10 PM ET.
Let’s Go Mets!