The weather in South Beach may be hot, but the Mets are even hotter. The Amazins survived a ninth-inning scare and outlasted the Marlins, 4-2, to notch their eighth win in their first nine games of the season.
Like the 12-inning slugfest victory that occurred last night, the Mets were able to bank on the opposing team’s mistakes and capitalized on them. After Bryan Holaday botched a pop-fly in foul territory in the second inning with two out, Jay Bruce was able to bring a run home on an RBI single later in the at-bat. Fast forward to the seventh inning, and Amed Rosario was able to move up to second base after hitting an RBI single due to a bad throwing decision by Derek Dietrich.
Noah Syndergaard had another satisfactory start, Syndergaard was able to get through six innings of work and only allowed one earned run.
Despite the Mets’ offense losing some of its potency, it still is showing up and scoring when they should. Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Plawecki notched RBIs in the second inning to give the Mets an early 2-0 lead, then Jay Bruce added onto the lead in the third inning by driving in Amed Rosario on an RBI single, giving Syndergaard a good cushion to work with. The Mets were able to put an insurance run on the board in the seventh, thanks to an RBI single by Amed Rosario.
A sleep-deprived Mets bullpen sure wasn’t sleepwalking tonight, they allowed no runs and struck out four in four innings of relief. Jeurys Familia was able to walk the tight rope in the ninth inning and strike out Miguel Rojas and Starlin Castro to end the game with the game-tying run on second base.
Tom’s Player of the Game: Jeurys Familia (1 IP, 2 H, 2 K)
Familia isn’t a clean closer that will give you a very stress-free finish, and will most likely keep you on the edge of your seat until the end of the game, but he still gets the job done. After allowing two hits which put two Marlins in scoring position with only one out, Familia was able to perform a Houdini act and work through a tight jam, striking out Miguel Rojas and Starlin Castro.
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