Thursday, September 18, 2014

Recap: Game 153 - Marlins (4) at Mets (3) - Marlins squeak by Mets



New York

W: H. Alvarez (11-6) L: D. Gee (7-8) S: S. Cishek (37)
HR: MIA - None   NYM - None


Christian Yelich reached base three times and drove in the eventual game-winning run with a seventh-inning double as the Miami Marlins topped the New York Mets on Wednesday, 4-3, in the rubber match of a three-game series.

Marcell Ozuna, whose hit streak ended at 11 games after an 0-for-4 performance on Tuesday, and Donovan Solano each had three hits for Miami, which got a quality start out of Henderson Alvarez.

Alvarez (11-6) gave up two runs on eight hits in six innings for the Marlins, who learned Wednesday that injured superstar Giancarlo Stanton will not play again in 2014.

Stanton sustained multiple injuries when he was struck on the left side of his face by a fastball on Sept. 11. The 24-year-old leads the National League with 37 homers.

Three straight singles with one out in the first inning put Dillon Gee in an immediate hole, and the Mets starter was unable to pitch himself out of it. Solano scored on a wild pitch for the game's first run, and Garrett Jones drove in a run with an infield single down the third-base line.

Yelich walked, stole second and scored on Solano's RBI single in the second inning to give Miami a 3-0 lead.

The Mets got a pair back in the fifth inning, when Gee started a rally with a single to center. Matt den Dekker also singled and with the bases loaded and two down, Lucas Duda ripped a two-run single to center.

Gee was replaced with two outs and a runner on second in the seventh inning, but reliever Josh Edgin couldn't escape without allowing Adeiny Hechavarria to score, as Yelich doubled to make it 4-2.

Gee (7-8) was charged with all four runs on seven hits.

The insurance run proved crucial, as Curtis Granderson grounded to second to score Duda in the bottom of the eighth.

Steve Cishek retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth, earning his 37th save of the season.

Game Notes

Gee fell to 3-1 against the Marlins in his career ... Granderson went 0-for-3 against Alvarez, falling to 1-for-17 lifetime against him ... The Mets went 1- for-9 with runners in scoring position.

Box Score:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Marlins - Game 153

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Marlins - Game 153

1. Matt den Dekker (L) LF
2. Daniel Murphy (L) 3B
3. Travis d'Arnaud (R) C
4. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
5. Wilmer Flores (R) 2B
6. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
7. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (L) CF
8. Ruben Tejada (R) SS
9. Dillon Gee (R) P

Preview: Game 153 - Marlins at Mets - Alvarez vs Gee

Preview: Game 153
Miami Marlins (73-77) at New York Mets (73-79)

Probable Pitchers:
Henderson Alvarez (10-6, 2.81 ERA) vs Dillon Gee (7-7, 3.80 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch: 7:10 PM


As Wilmer Flores continued his recent turnaround, the New York Mets ended their longest home skid in nearly a month while evening up their series with the Miami Marlins.

Given the way Dillon Gee has fared against the Marlins, the Mets should have an opportunity to wrap up a fifth series win over their last six in Wednesday night's finale.

After going 0 for 18 during a four-game stretch, Flores is 8 for 15 with three homers, two doubles and 10 RBIs in his last four.
The middle infielder helped New York (73-79) snap a three-game skid at Citi Field on Tuesday with a career-best two home runs, three doubles and a career high-tying six RBIs in a 9-1 victory.

The Mets averaged 2.3 runs and hit .221 over a nine-game span before totaling 14 runs and 19 hits in the first two against the Marlins. Curtis Granderson had three hits Tuesday, while Lucas Duda and Ruben Tejada added two apiece.

Juan Lagares went 0 for 2 before leaving before the start of the fifth inning because of a hyperextended right elbow. The center fielder's status is uncertain as the Mets attempt to close out the homestand with a 6-4 record.

They appear to be in good hands on the mound with Gee (7-7, 3.80 ERA) seeking his fourth straight victory at Citi Field.

The right-hander also has a scoreless streak of 16 1/3 innings versus Miami. He's gone 3-0 with a 2.30 ERA in five starts against the Marlins after allowing three hits in eight innings of a 4-0 home win April 27 in his only meeting this season.

Following three consecutive quality starts, he wasn't as sharp Friday when he gave up three runs and a season-high nine hits over 5 1/3 in a 4-3 home win over Washington.

Now he'll face a Miami club that has dropped five of seven while totaling just six runs in those defeats. The Marlins (73-77) may be all but out of the playoff race, but they still have an outside chance to avoid their fifth straight losing season.

Henderson Alvarez (10-6, 2.81), who had been bothered by a left oblique strain, gave up one run over seven innings in a 3-1, 10-inning loss at Philadelphia on Friday in his first start since Sept. 1.

The right-hander had been 1-1 with a 7.36 ERA over a three-start stretch prior to being sidelined. He attempted to battle through the injury against New York on Sept. 1, but gave up four runs -- three earned -- over 2 1/3 innings in a 9-6 home win.

Alvarez went 2-0 with an 0.84 ERA in his first three starts against the Mets this season before surrendering 10 runs and 11 hits over 7 1/3 innings in his last two. He allowed a season-high six earned runs over five innings in a 7-1 road loss July 11.

Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is 6 for 13 when facing Alvarez in 2014.

Granderson, however, hasn't fared as well with one hit in 14 at-bats, while Duda is 3 for 19 all-time in the matchup.

Batters vs Pitchers:

Mets News: Juan Lagares has Hyperextended Right Elbow

Mets News:

Juan Lagares is due undergo an MRI of his right elbow on Wednesday after being forced from Tuesday’s game after four innings with what initially has been diagnosed as a hyperextended right elbow.

Lagares injured the elbow on a fourth-inning throw from center field to second base that forced out Garrett Jones. He described the elbow as “sore.”

“He did it one other time, in Cincinnati,” Terry Collins said, referring to an early September series. “A couple of days later he was fine. It hasn’t bothered him since. But today he had a stinger. Because of that, and because of the way he described it, we thought it was maybe more than just hyperextended. You worry about the nerve or something.

“We’ll have him looked at tomorrow. The doctors right now don’t think it’s anything real serious, but we’ll have him checked in the morning.”

Said Lagares: “Today I felt it again, and I want to make sure I get checked to make sure. Let’s see tomorrow after I check with the doctors.”
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