RECAP: Three Mets Pitchers Combine To Shut Out Marlins 4-0
Marlins Shut Out For Second Time In Three Games
The Marlins fell to the Mets via shutout for the second time in the last three games tonight by a score of 4-0.
The Mets now have a 2-1 lead in the series and the Marlins will have to win tomorrow to earn a series split.
Tom Koehler got the start in this one seven innings, allowing 2 earned runs on 4 hits, 3 walks, and 8 strikeouts. His strong performance lowered his season ERA to 3.74.
The Mets sent Justin deGrom to the mound in this one though, and wasn't too shabby, shutting out the Marlins over 7 innings on 5 hits, 3 walks, and 7 strikeouts. He picked up his first win of the season in this one and lowered his season ERA back under 4.00 (to 3.75).
The Mets scored single runs against Koehler in the top of the fourth and sixth innings on RBI singles by Chris Young and David Wright.
They would break this game open and ruin the Marlins hopes for a comeback in the top of the ninth inning, though, as Lucas Duda doubled their lead to 4-0 with a two-run shot.
There was more bad news for the Marlins in this one, though, as second baseman Rafael Furcal left Saturday's game in the third inning with a cramped left hamstring.
He suffered the injury trying to run out a double-play grounder and seemed to pull up after landing awkwardly on the base. He is listed as day to day.
This was just Furcal's ninth game with the Marlins after not playing in the Major Leagues since 2012, and he has already spent time on the disabled list earlier this season due to a hamstring injury he suffered in spring training.
The Braves and Nationals are currently underway at Nationals Park, but the Marlins fall 1.5 games back of the Braves for first place with tonight's loss as it stands right now. The Marlins have to hope the Nationals can end their recent slide against the Braves, though, as they'd rather find themselves 1.5 games back of first than 2.5 games back (which they would be if the Braves win).
The Marlins will send Anthony DeSclafani (1-1, 5.60) to the mound tomorrow to make his fourth big league start. He will oppose Jon Niese (3-4, 2.67) as the Marlins try to even the series at two games a piece.