The Mets defeated the Marlins, 3–2, in Citi Field today.
For a full recap and boxscore, go here.
The Least You Should Know:
- John Maine pitched very well, he struck out five and walked two in six scoreless innings, throwing 82 pitches.
- Maine left the game with a stomach bug.
- Pedro Feliciano relieved Maine, without notice, and pithed a scoreless seventh inning.
- Fernando Martinez and Omir Santos hit back-to-back RBI doubles in the seventh inning, to account for two of the team’s three runs.
- Angel Pagan knocked in the first run of the game with an RBI double as well, hit down the line towards left field, scoring Wilson Valdez, who advanced in to scoring position on a sac-bunt from Maine.
- Francisco Rodriguez struck out the first two batters in the ninth inning, then, because it must be an adventure, let the winning run come to the plate, who he struck out swinging for the save.
- Maine left the game with a stomach bug before throwing a pitch during the seventh inning. Carlos Beltran left yesterday’s game early, and missed today, also with a stomach bug. Have fun on that plane ride to Pittsburgh, gentlemen. Yikes.
- That said, Maine had a lot of life on his fastball today. He worked quickly, threw strikes, pitched ahead in the count, and moved the ball around the zone. Pitching 101, basically.
- Angel Pagan also left the game after experiencing what is being called ‘right groin discomfort,’ while chasing a double off the wall in the fourth inning. I feel badly for Pagan, who is finally getting his chance to play every day, and is doing well, and now this…
- Daniel Murphy is looking very comfortable at first base, I find I have no fear with him on defense. Not at all.
- Putz must be hurt, he has to be, because he inconsistent from pitch to pitch, he has no command, and no control, and just doesn’t look like he did in April. He faced four batters, walked one, let up two runs and one run, who scored on a hit from Hanley Ramirez against Bobby Parnell.
- The Mets are executing a sound, slick, fundamental style of offense, bunting men over, even Murphy dropped one down, hitting behind runners, going the other way with pitches, and driving in runs that they’re clearly working to move along. Citi Ball, I guess.
- In the sixth inning, with runners on first and third and two outs, David Wright stretched out full extension to catch a ball in the air, inches before it hit the ground, for one out, then threw to first for the second part of an inning-ending double play. Nice play, DW.
- On the final out of the game, K-Rod struck out Ronny Paulino, who swung and missed at a high fastball, after which Santos pumped his fast in the air, while Rodriguez pointed to the sky.
- Rodriguez is 14 for 14 in save opportunities this season.
- Today is the first time the Mets won a rubber game this year.
- The Mets finished May with a 19–9, despite being swept by the Dodgers.
- The Mets have won seven of their last nine games.
The Mets travel to Pittsburgh tonight, where they’ll begin a four-game series against the Pirates on Monday.