After starting slow out of the gate, the New York Mets were able to recover and come back to defeat the Miami Marlins 4-1.
The Mets were held hitless through six innings by Marlins starter Jarlin Garcia, who really dominated the lineup. In the top of the seventh, Marlins manager Don Mattingly made a head-scratching move by taking Garcia, who at the time had thrown 77 pitches.
The Mets responded with a Todd Frazier single to break the no hitter in the same inning. The next inning, the Mets were able to break get runs on the board. At the time, they were trailing 1-0 from a Miguel Rojas home run in the bottom of the first.
Kevin Plawecki led the top of the eighth inning off by getting hit by a pitch on the left hand, but he made it down to first base nonetheless. After an Amed Rosario strikeout, Michael Conforto stepped up to the plate to pinch hit for Juan Lagares. He delivered by lacing a double, and setting the Mets up with runners on second and third.
Adrian Gonzales then stepped in to bat for Mets starter Zack Wheeler, and he poked a single to drive in Plawecki and Conforto to put the Mets up 2-1. Following an Asdrubal Cabrera, Wilmer Flores drove a ground rule double, which drove in Gonzales to increase the lead to 3-1. A Frazier sac fly made the score 4-1, which would stand to be the final.
The offense of the team piggy backed off of the incredibly strong start from Wheeler. Through seven innings, Wheeler struck out seven, only walked one, and allowed one earned run over 83 pitches thrown. My Gut Reaction is that Wheeler must have worked on his mechanics, or felt the need to step up for the moment, because his control of pitches was excellent tonight. If he can be an effective part of the rotation, the Mets could be deadly
The bullpen once again put out a strong effort. A combination of Jerry Blevins, Robert Gsellman, and A.J Ramos combined for two innings of no run pitching. Gsellman struck out the side in his inning of work.
After sweeping this three game series, the Mets have started 10-1 for the first time in franchise history. They will next play on Friday, at 7:10 pm at a sure to be electric Citi Field. Steven Matz will get the start for the Mets, and Zach Davies will get the start for the visiting Milwaukee Brewers.