Written by Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)
Saturday, July 12th, 2014
Miami Marlins vs. New York Mets
Post Game Recap
Winning Pitcher: Vic Black (2-2, 1.69 ERA)
Losing Pitcher: Mike Dunn (7-5, 3.53 ERA)
Save: Jenrry Mejia (10, 3.92 ERA)
The Mets were able to continue their strong play heading into the All-Star Break, recording their second win in a row over the Marlins. Things are beginning to click for the Mets, who have won six of their last seven games and seven of nine on the 10-game home stand. Today it was a come from behind victory for the Mets, who scored all five of their runs in the fifth inning or later, three of which came in the seventh and eighth.
The game-winning hit this afternoon came off the bat of Eric Campbell, who produced a two-out, pinch-hit RBI single in the eight off Dunn that plated Travis d’Arnaud. It was the second two-run deficit the Mets overcame in the game, as they were down 2-0 before plating two in the fifth.
d’Arnaud has continued his strong play at the plate today, going 2-3 with two runs and a walk. Since coming back from Triple-A and off the DL, d’Arnaud has been hot going 18-61 (.295 AVG) with nine runs, 10 RBI, five doubles and three home runs. His slash line has improved from .182/..271/.273 to .217/.292/.354 in the same time frame as well.
Campbell wasn’t the only pinch hitter to have success for the Mets Saturday afternoon, as Chris Young delivered a two-run homer hitting for Carlos Torres in the seventh inning to tie the game up.
On the mound, Daisuke Matsuzaka gave the Mets a gutsy performance. He was able to make it through six innings, allowing four runs on four hits and four walks, adding 10 strikeouts in the process. Matsuzaka labored through most of the start, as his pitch count was astronomical at 120, 77 of which were strikes. It was something the Mets were able to do though with the All-Star Break right around the corner and Matsuzaka being able to get some extra rest.
The Mets had something of a milestone today as well, as they were able to score a run off of Bryan Morris. Since coming over to the Marlins from the Pittsburgh Pirates, Morris had not allowed a run until today. That stretch lasted 21 1/3 innings before the Mets ended it today.
The Mets and Marlins will finish up the first half tomorrow with a Sunday matinee. Jacob deGrom (2-5, 3.38 ERA) will take the mound for the Amazins’ and be opposed by the Marlins’ Brad Hand (0-1, 5.09 ERA).