The Mets ended their road trip with a 1-0 loss to the Marlins on Wednesday afternoon who completed a sweep of the series with a ninth inning walk-off win.
Zack Wheeler started for the Mets and pitched six innings of scoreless baseball, holding the Marlins to just two hits and five walks while striking out seven. Wheeler began to tire in his final inning walking two to leadoff the sixth, inducing a double-play, and walking another before getting the third out. After 104 pitches his day was done.
Jeurys Familia pitched a strong 1-2-3 seventh, and Carlos Gomez pitched a solid eighth before getting into trouble in the ninth, allowing a walk and a hit before Kyle Farnsworth came in to get out of the jam. However with runners on the corners, Marcell Ozuna lofted a sacrifice fly to score Giancarlo Stanton.
Offensively the Mets were flat and at one time Marlins starter Tom Koehler retired 18 straight batters after a David Wright double in the first inning. The Mets would only muster another single and a walk for the rest of the game.
The Mets have now failed to score a run for 23 consecutive innings. You’re not going to win any games when you can’t score any runs. The bats look lifeless up at the plate.
Wish I had better news for you my friends… With the loss, the Mets now drop to one game below .500 with a 16-17 record for the season.
One thing we should all take note of, and I mentioned it throughout the series, this Marlins rotation is young, exciting, dominating and all oozing with high-ceiling potential. They will be a force to be reckoned with for many, many years in the NL East.
The Mets now have a day off on Thursday before beginning a weekend series with the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday at 7:10 PM. Jenrry Mejia (3-0, 5.23 ERA) will oppose right-hander Roberto Hernandez (2-1, 4.50) for the Phillies in the series opener.