The Mets weren’t humiliating the Marlins by any means early on in Thursday’s game down in Miami, but with a 2-0 lead and Marcus Stroman dealing through the first five innings, they looked like they were in control.
But some mistakes on both sides of the ball late and a final solo home run dagger in the bottom of the eighth gave the Marlins their first lead of the game at 3-2 — which was all they needed with the Mets down to their last three outs, eventually stealing the game (and series) out of their hands.
“The only thing I got is you gotta come back the next day and try again,” Javier Baez, who had a stellar performance, said to the media after the game. “That’s why I go back to ‘day by day and pitch by pitch,’ you know, we’ve got to control what we can control.”
Baez went 2-for-3 with a solo home run — his third of the month and seventh as a Met — and a walk to go with two stolen bases, as well.
But as it’s been the whole season, the Mets couldn’t do any damage with runners in scoring position, leaving seven stranded on the night.
“We’ve just got to get the runs in,” Baez said. “…We’ve just got to do the little things to make it happen.”
The most frustrating moment of the game came after the Marlins had tied it up in the seventh. Pete Alonso opened the eighth inning with a leadoff triple, setting the Mets up for an easy chance to bring him in for the score.
But three groundouts ended those chances, and the Jazz Chisholm Jr. game-winning home run came in the next frame.
“We felt that we were gonna get that run in,” Luis Rojas said. “And it just didn’t happen…we expect the guys to be better moving forward from this game.”
The Mets (70-71) are now back under .500, 4.5 games back in the NL East and five games back in the Wild Card race.
With just over 20 games left to play this season, the Mets’ playoff chances are getting smaller and smaller.
But Stroman, who pitched 6.1 innings of four-hit, one-earned and seven-strikeout ball, said the team isn’t concerned with that.
“We’re not looking at the standings every second,” Stroman said. “We’re preparing, we’re doing everything we can to get wins… we’re hoping things go our way going forward.”
Source: Yahoo Sports