Saturday, April 6, 2013

Midday Recap: Marlins get first win over Mets

The New York Mets were hoping to rebound from their Thursday 2-1 loss to the San Diego Padres as the Miami Marlins came to town to start a three game series at Citi Field.  On paper, they should be in good position to, after all, the Marlins only scored 1 run against the Washington Nationals during their three game series. 

The 1st inning started off well enough, as Jeremy Hefner got the Marlins to go down in order.  Then Jordany Valdespin led off with a line-drive single, and then stole 2nd base.  After Daniel Murphy walked to set up 1st and 2nd with no outs, David Wright lined out.  Ike Davis, batting clean-up, cleaned up the bases hitting into a double play to end the threat.

Greg Dobbs doubled the Miami Marlins season run output with a homerun to lead off the 2nd Inning.  That would be Jeremy Hefner's only blemish, made worse as the Mets could not figure out Alex Sanabia.

7th Inning Mayhem
The New York Mets got on the board in the 7th inning after  Daniel Murphy cleared the left field wall for a 3 run homerun off relief pitcher Chad Quails, who replaced Sanabia at the start of the inning.  The only problem: The Marlins scored 5 runs in the top of the 7th inning off Greg Burke to build a 6-0 lead.  So Murphy's homerun only closed the gap in half.

Turning Point
The Mets would load the bases in the bottom of the 8th after Jordany Valdespin was hit by a pitch.  With two outs, Daniel Murphy would come to the plate, and bounced a 3-1 cutter to Donovan Solano, who easily threw to Dobbs for the final out.  The Mets would again send the tying run to the plate in the 9th inning, but a bouncer to first ended the game, and the Mets would fall to the Miami Marlins 7-5.

Ike's Woes
In the first game of the season, Howie Rose commented that Ike Davis' swing resembled that of the first half of last season when he was going through his hitting troubles.  And after four games of the season, he is 1-for-16, batting a rocky .063.  Of his 18 plate appearances this season, he has reached base only three times, and has struck out 7 times.  On Friday, he provided the third out three times, grounding into a double play in the 1st inning, and fly outs to left field in the 3rd and 5th innings.

The Mets went 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position on Friday.  Coupled with Thursdays 0-for-5, the Mets now are 2-for-16 in their two losses this season.

Will Saturday be nice for Niese?
The Mets will try to rebound as Jonathan Niese pitches his 2nd game of the season on Saturday.   Only allowing 2 runs against the Padres on Monday, he'll try to stop the Marlin bats.  For the Marlins, Ricky Nolasco will be on the mound as he tries to curb his opening day loss where he surrendered two solo home runs against Bryce Harper.  Not a lot of time to think about the Friday loss - it's a day game with a 1:10PM first pitch.

Coverage begins with Mets Extra with Ed Coleman at 12:30PM on 1230 FOX Sports Radio.

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