The problem with throwing away two games in three days, first a 6-0 lead on Saturday, and then a 3-0 lead last night, is that a night like tonight comes, when the opposing pitcher is good enough to pitch a shutout. Bartolo Colon started out shaky, but found his way through seven innings, but three runs were all the Marlins would need to beat the Mets 3-0 and take the second straight game of a three-game series. The Mets have not scored a run in 14 consecutive innings.
The Marlins jumped on Colon in the first inning. After Derek Dietrich was hit by a pitch, Giancarlo Stanton doubled him home, then Casey McGehee would drive in Stanton, and before you could adjust your radio dial or settle into your couch, it was 2-0 Marlins.
Neither team would pose much of a threat through the next several innings until the Marlins added a run in the fifth on a string of two-out hits, McGehee, once again, getting the run-producing hit to drive in Dietrich.
Daniel Murphy was the Mets lone offensive bright spot. He had two hits, continuing what has been an impressive road trip for him at the plate.
The star of the game was without a doubt the Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez. He pitched a complete game shutout, striking out seven Mets along the way, allowing only six hits, and walking none.
It only took one long hit by Giancarlo Stanton to give the Marlins enough runs to win this one.
Mets Starter Focus
Outside of the first inning, Colon pitched well. As the graphic below shows, he traded line drives for fly balls, but avoided giving up the long ball, which has plagued him early this season. He threw strikes consistently, particularly with his secondary pitches. He relied more on his slider than his two-seam sinker. Overall, Alvarez was just better than him tonight, which is why he lost.