Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Neil Ramirez, Jerry Blevins and some poor defense by Lucas Duda and Wilmer Flores led to three Marlins runs in the seventh. Ichiro Suzuki snapped a 3-3 tie with a pinch-hit RBI single and Christian Yelich third hit drove in a pair.
2) Robert Gsellman allowed three runs in the first but left after injuring his left hamstring trying to beat out a groundball in the fourth. The right-hander was charged with three runs on five hits while striking out four in three innings.
3) Curtis Granderson led off the game with a homer for the third time on the road trip. Travis d'Arnaud had an RBI single and tied the game in the seventh with a solo shot, his ninth of the season.
Post-game reaction from Michelle Ioannou...
But the excitement didn't last long.
Robert Gsellman's first-inning struggles continued, as he gave up a two-run single to Justin Bour which was quickly followed by a Martin Prado double that scored Bour…yes, from first. Yoenis Cespedes did not put any effort into getting to the ball and put little on his throw, but that's another story. At this point, Gsellman needs to be moved out of the rotation.
And just when you think it can't get any worse, it does. In the top of the fourth inning, while running to beat out a slow roller, Gsellman started hobbling in pain. That's right, another injury and another hamstring injury, to boot. The Mets just cannot catch a break, and some changes clearly need to be made. Ron Darling made some fantastic points during tonight's commentary, especially when he said "They're doing a disservice to their million-dollar athletes… it's a joke to watch this happen each and every night." No one can disagree with that.
Anyways, Travis d'Arnaud tried to be the Mets' saving grace in the top of the seventh as he tied the game with a homer. That didn't last long though, as in the bottom of the seventh Lucas Duda couldn't turn a tough double play. Ichiro Suzuki then came up to bat, singled to left, and seamlessly gave the Marlins the lead. The inning continued to get uglier and uglier for the Mets.
New York ended up losing, but the biggest takeaway of the game? The continuous injuries that need to stop. Something needs to be done about this. >> To follow Michelle on Twitter, click here.
Highlights from the game...
News and notes...
The Mets dropped to 4-7 against the Marlins this season and have lost four straight in Miami.
Granderson's 45 career leadoff home runs are the most among active players, one more than Detroit's Ian Kinsler. The 36-year-old has gone deep four times in his last six games and is hitting .323 (21-for-65) with six home runs, 11 RBIs and 14 runs scored in 23 games this month.
José Reyes singled in the ninth for his 1,417th hit as a Met, one behind Ed Kranepool for second in franchise history. David Wright is the club's all-time leader with 1,777 hits.
After being scored upon in two of his first 30 appearances this season, Blevins has allowed runs in four of his last 10 outings.
Gsellman has a 11.57 ERA in the opening frame this season. The 23-year-old has surrendered 18 earned runs on 23 hits and seven walks in 14 innings.
What they said after the game...
Terry Collins on the continuing injuries: "If it was a common occurrence, if it was leg injuries then, yes, we need to examine it. When you've got a variety of injuries that we have: lat, scapula, hamstring, partial tear in the ligament, loose pediments, there's no one description. It's just a little frustrating at times to see them continue to go down."
Gsellman on his injury: "It's very frustrating. We're dropping like flies. I wanted to stay out there and compete. To give the team a chance to win. It was definitely more frustration than pain."
The Mets (34-42) continue their series with the Marlins (35-40) from Marlins Park on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. on SNY.
Steven Matz (1-1, 3.60 ERA, 1.10 WHIP) makes his fourth start of the season and third on the road. The left-hander surrendered three runs over six innings during a no-decision against the Dodgers on Thursday in the Mets' 6-3 loss. Matz has allowed five home runs over his last two starts spanning 13 innings. The 26-year-old is 1-2 with a 4.95 ERA in four career starts against Miami.
Jeff Locke (0-3, 5.70 ERA 1.52 WHIP) gets the nod for the Marlins for his sixth start of the year. The right-hander suffered the loss in his last outing when he allowed five runs on seven hits over four innings on Thursday against the Cubs. Locke is 0-2 with a 6.63 ERA in four career starts against New York.