The old Earl Weaver maxim was pitching, defense and the three-run homer. The Mets had two of those things Friday night but the missing three-run blast was the difference, as the Mets fell to the Marlins, 2-1.
David Peterson wasn’t especially sharp but was the beneficiary of three fine defensive play. Pete Alonso made a nice catch to start a double play, Francisco Lindor made a leaping play that saved a run and Jeff McNeil made a heads-up play, running down a ball that hit off Alonso’s glove and throwing out a runner at the plate.
When it mattered, Peterson made some good pitches and he finished the night with 1 ER in 5 IP. The only run was a homer by Jorge Soler. And Soler made a couple of nice defensive plays of his own.
Tommy Hunter came on to give two scoreless innings. But John Curtiss gave up a solo homer in the eighth inning, which proved to be a huge insurance run, as Alonso hit a solo homer in the ninth for the Mets’ only run.
The Mets had all sorts of trouble versus Jesus Luzardo, until the Marlins’ starter ran out of gas in the sixth inning. It’s a new world where pitchers are coming out because their legs are shot, not their arms. It’s an unintended result of the new pitch clock, as hurlers have to move faster than they’re accustomed to and their legs just aren’t in the necessary shape.
Guys who the Mets need to get … some … offense from – Mark Canha, Eduardo Escobar and Tommy Pham – went a combined 0-8. But they had plenty of company, as the Mets had just four hits, two by Starling Marte.