New York Mets Drop Series to Miami Marlins With Loss Wednesday Night


Despite having the lead on two separate occasions, the New York Mets dropped their second straight game to the Miami Marlins to move them to 15-6 on the year. Bartolo Colon collected his first loss of the year surrendering four earned runs in 6.2 innings of work.

In the first two games of the series, the earliest either one of these teams put a run on the board was the sixth inning. Today, no time was wasted as Michael Cuddyer went deep in the first inning to put the Mets up, 2-0. The Marlins would answer that with Giancarlo Stanton hitting an absolute bomb to left field to tie the game at two. The home run was his third against the Mets this season (all coming in his first at bat) and his second off Colon.

In the third inning, Curtis Granderson started things with a double over Stanton’s head and was moved to third base on a productive out by Juan Lagares. Next up was Lucas Duda, who also made a productive out by hitting a grounder to Dee Gordon at second base. For the second time, the Mets had the lead for Colon, 3-2.

In the fifth, Mat Latos left with a leg injury after hitting a leadoff single. After Adam Wainwright left the St. Louis Cardinals game with a ruptured Achilles’ tendon, discussions arose regarding the National League adopting the DH, and the injury to Latos will likely add more fuel to the fire.

The single proved to be a key at bat for Latos, as his replacement runner, Donovan Solano, scored from third base with a two out hit from Stanton to tie the game. The hit was a slow roller to second base, where Daniel Murphy, who was playing the shift, had to cover a lot of ground to get to the ball. He made a spinning throw, similar to fantastic play he made the other night, but his throw was off target to give Stanton a hit and his third RBI on the night.

Gordon, who went 6-11 in the series, hit a sacrifice fly to center field to give the Marlins their first lead of the night. For the third straight game, the Mets found themselves behind late, and it got even worse an inning later. With two men on, Alex Torres would surrender a home run to Ichiro Suzuki on the eighth pitch of the at bat. For Torres, it was the first home run given up on the season, and for Ichiro, it was the first one he hit. The game would end 7-3 to put the Marlins six games behind the first place Mets.

Takeaways from the series

This series did not go as well as their four game series did, in which they swept the Marlins. The team now has a losing record of 5-6 on the road. Despite losing two out of three, there were some positives offensively, as it appears Daniel Murphy is starting to turn things around after going 5-12 in the series. If he can keep it going, and with David Wright likely to come back sometime next week, the Mets offense should improve.

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What’s next

The Mets will return home to face the Washington Nationals for their second series on the year. The Nationals got off to a slow start, but appear to have turned it around in their last two games. After being down by eight runs to the Atlanta Braves, the Nats came back to win 13-12. They followed that up with another 13 run performance to improve to 9-13.

The Nationals will face Jacob deGromMatt Harvey, Jon Niese, and Dillon Gee while the Mets will go up against Stephen Strasburg, Max Scherzer, Gio Gonzalez, and Doug Fister.

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