Miami Marlins Bats, Arms Combine to Sweep New York Mets
Sitting at a record of 13-41 and riding a nine game losing streak, the Miami Marlins came into their series against the hot New York Mets looking for something to help them get out of their slump. The Mets came in looking to extend a streak of their own, which consisted of five consecutive wins that included a four game sweep against their cross-town rival New York Yankees.
While the game on Friday looked like a pitchers duel for six and a half innings when Jacob Turner and Shaun Marcum exchanged zeroes, the Marlins offense figured something out in the bottom of the seventh in that game, and never stopped scoring. With a four run seventh and an insurance run in the eighth, the Marlins snapped their losing streak by a score of 5-1.
Saturday’s game was started by rookie and Marlins top prospect Jose Fernandez, who pitched 7 shutout innings of his own, as well as going 2-3 at the plate with a double, an RBI, and a run scored. The Fish, facing Collin McHugh, started the scoring early with two runs in the first two innings and two more in the fourth of that game, and then tacked on four more in a winning effort by a score of 8-1.
Sunday’s game started off with more of the same for the Marlins, with three runs in the first and another in the second to take an early 4-1 lead for Kevin Slowey. However, the Mets climbed back and took a 6-4 lead in the fifth in support of their starter, Matt Harvey, who gave up 10 hits in five innings of work. Those 2 runs in the fifth, credited to Slowey but given up by Wade LeBlanc, would be the last runs the Mets would score. The Marlins, on the other hand, were glad to see Harvey get out of there, as they took full advantage of a faltering Mets bullpen, scoring 7 runs in their final three offensive innings to complete the sweep with a score of 11-6. Another note in this game is the Marlins had their first home run at home in their last 10 games played at Marlins Park, a three run shot in the eighth inning supplied by Greg Dobbs.
Starting in the seventh inning of game one, the Marlins found ways to get runs in, whether by hits or by outs. The defense did not allow the Mets to have any extra opportunities, making no errors throughout the three game set. Chris Coghlan, Ed Lucas, Marcell Ozuna, and the pitching overall played well in the series. The starting pitchers totaled 18.1 innings and allowed 6 earned runs, although Fernandez and Turner allowed none of those in their combined 14 innings of work. The Marlins bullpen combined for 8.2 innings and allowed only two runs to score, both in the first two games of the series.
Players of the Series:
Chris Coghlan: 8-13, 4 RBI, 2 runs, and a double
Marcell Ozuna: 6-12, 5 RBI, 4 runs, 2 doubles and triple
Ed Lucas: 5-7 (4-4 in game 3, first career hit in game 1), 3 RBI, 3 runs, and a double
Jacob Turner: 7 IP, 5 hits, no runs, 3 strikeouts and a walk in his first start of 2013
Jose Fernandez: 7 IP, 3 hits, no runs, 8 strikeouts and a walk, now 3-3 on the year, first career win at home
The offense overall combined for 37 hits in 100 at bats (.370), scored a total of 24 runs against 8 allowed by the pitching staff, and hit .361 with runners in scoring position as a group (13-36), which is a good sign for the team moving forward. This three game winning streak ties the longest of the season for the Marlins, and this is the second series they’ve won this year, both at home and against the Mets. The Marlins fans are hopeful that this is no fluke, especially the RISP average, and that the season can turn around at least somewhat.
On a side note, at 16-41, the Marlins have now caught up with the 1962 Mets as a record through 57 games. Going into the series, the Marlins were three games behind the pace of that team.
First baseman Logan Morrison continues to progress in AA Jacksonville, going 1-5 with a home run on Saturday night. Another Marlin first baseman, Casey Kotchman, is expected to rejoin the team for their series against the Philadelphia Phillies starting on June 3rd. Giancarlo Stanton is still taking batting practice and being careful with his hamstring injury, but still no word on when he will start playing rehab games. Stanton injured the hamstring attempting to beat out a soft ground ball in the 10th inning of a 15 inning game on April 30th against the New York Mets. Pitcher Nathan Eovaldi is continuing his rehab starts and may join the team on June 9th, when the Marlins will face the Mets again.