The Mets salvaged the final game of the series with the Marlins, earning a 5-2 victory Sunday. The win vaulted the Mets out of last place, as they leapfrogged the Marlins in the standings.
If you imagined in your mind what a game between two teams battling for last place would look like, well – you have a good idea how this one played out. Lots of bad hitting, poor fielding and some less than stellar bullpen work.
Steven Matz started and got the win. But he was only able to go 5.1 IP because his defense inflated his pitch count. There were three errors behind him – one his own doing that led to an unearned run. But he got some strikeouts when he needed them and there was more good than bad from him in the outing. In his last 11 games, Matz has a 2.92 ERA.
Kevin Plawecki had an RBI double, Asdrubal Cabrera hit an upper deck solo homer and Matz had an RBI, too. Todd Frazier got a gift RBI double on a play that epitomized the day. He hit one into the gap that Lewis Brinson ran a mile to track down. And though he got there in time, the ball clanked off his glove and was ruled a double. The ball was thrown home trying to get the runner but sailed over the catcher. Frazier tried to take the extra base and should have been out by a mile. But the pitcher backing up the play at home took his time delivering the ball to third base and Frazier was safe. Then Frazier came around to score when the catcher tried to pick him off and his throw hit Frazier and went into the outfield.
Jeurys Familia worked a perfect ninth inning to pick up the save. The Mets are undefeated in July!