The Mets came into the matchup with Jason Vargas taking the hill for the first time this season. Some fans noted that Vargas could have been skipped, as Jacob deGrom could have pitched on five days rest. The game started off with the Mets spreading hits around the field as they scored five runs in the first inning and batted around the order; the big hit being a two run double off the bat of Amed Rosario.
Starlin Castro continued his series success as he belted his second home-run is as many games. Vargas ended up making it through five innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and striking out two.
Robert Gsellman took over in the sixth as part of a double switch with J.D. Davis coming in for Jeff McNeil. Gsellman worked himself into early trouble, as he continued to let his sinker run across the plate. He gave up two opposite field singles but managed to get former Met Curtis Granderson to strike out looking.
The Mets tacked on an insurance run in the sixth running, which ended up being prudent. After a hard hit single by Wilson Ramos and the second opposite field single of the game by Dom Smith, JD Davis was walked to load the bases. Brandon Nimmo was then hit by a pitch to bring in a run which is noteworthy after a controversial non-call for the Marlins in last night’s game. Pete Alonso came in to pinch hit and struck out looking.
Seth Lugo then came in for relief in the seventh and produced two quick and athletic put-outs. However, for his second straight appearance he struggled to ramp up his velocity and gave up four straight baserunners for two runs.
Lugo stayed in for the eighth inning and after loading the bases was relieved by Justin Wilson, who performed admirably. With a two run lead, one out and the bases loaded, Wilson coaxed a weak ground ball out that scored a run and then struck out the next batter on three pitches.
The Mets bats were relatively quiet outside the first and sixth innings, and went down in order to start the ninth. Edwin Diaz, who pitched a long inning last night, was unavailable as well as Jeurys Familia for some reason, so Justin Wilson stayed in for the ninth inning.
Wilson, who has previous closing experience, quickly found himself in trouble as he hit a batter and gave up a seeing eye single. However, a hard hit line drive right at Rosario allowed the Mets to double up the Marlins to end the game.
The Mets were out hit 16 to 9 but managed to bunch their timely hits for six runs and the win. Dominic Smith and Wilson Ramos each had two hits on the night, Smith notably looks a lot more nimble and comfortable on the base paths. The club looks to sweep the Marlins tomorrow as Jacob deGrom takes the mound.