The Mets escaped one of the ugliest games of the season with a 6-4 victory over the Marlins. This bizarre game included two new injuries, a costly error, a dazzling defensive play, a pinch-hitting pitcher, and a maddening number of runners stranded on base.
First, the bad news. Yoenis Cespedes was scratched from the game just 15 minutes before the first pitch due to a sore right hip. He is expected to be day-to-day. Juan Lagares, who made a dazzling, run saving play in the field, suffered what appeared to be an injury to his hand on the diving play. He left the game in favor of Alejandro de Aza, who would later deliver a key 2-run double that proved to be the difference in the game.
Bartolo Colon gave us five solid innings in which a solo homer was his only mistake. A second unearned run crossed the plate courtesy of a Kevin Plawecki miscue. Colon exited the game early in favor of a pinch hitter as there were two men on in the sixth, but Ty Kelly grounded out, stranding the runners. This was a familiar theme as the Mets seemed to leave two runners on inning after inning with Plawecki, Michael Conforto, Juan Lagares and Asdrubal Cabrera all failing to come through in big spots.
Thanks to Hansel Robles, who seems to have lost his mojo, the Marlins quickly took the lead in the sixth. While the Mets continued to squander opportunities, relievers Jerry Blevins, Jim Henderson and Addison Reed kept us in the game with 2.1 scoreless innings. Conforto finally broke out of an 0-20 slump to dliver a game tying RBI single in the 8th and then Matt Reynolds gave us the lead for good with a pinch hit RBI single. In the top of the 9th, de Aza came up with the bases loaded and smacked a ground rule double to score two much needed insurance runs. In a last ditch attempt to tack on more insurance, Terry Collins pinch hit for Reed with Jacob deGrom, who promptly popped up to end the rally. It was fun to see nonetheless.
In the bottom of the 9th, Jeurys Familia, who never seems to pitch a clean inning unless there’s a one run lead, promptly gave up a run before shutting it down. James Loney went 3 for 5 with a double and Wilmer Flores contributed three more hits and finally appears to have gotten it going. With all these injuries and slumps, we could sure use his bat.