The Mets were held to just one hit by Pablo Lopez, a pitcher who they tattooed for ten runs the last time they faced him, and lost to worst team in baseball for the second straight day. That one hit came on the very first batter of the game, when Jeff McNeil doubled to start things off. But the Mets failed to drive him in and the bats went silent after that. Lopez struck out seven and walked two over seven innings of work.
For his part, Steven Matz wasn’t perfect, but took a step in the right direction in his first start off the injured list. He gave up a solo home run to the first batter he faced, but struck out six batters in just 3 2⁄3 innings of work and was pulled after 81 pitches. The Marlins’ other run came in the third inning when Matz issued a one-out walk to Jon Berti, who advanced to second base on a chopper to the mound by Garrett Cooper and was driven in by a Brian Anderson single.
Tyler Bashlor came in with the bases loaded in the fourth and struck out Berti on three pitches to escape the jam. Bashlor logged an additional scoreless inning of work, working around a one-out walk. Robert Gsellmen then tossed two scoreless innings.
The Mets got the leadoff man on against Tyson Guerrero in the eighth via a walk, but the small rally was promptly quashed by Juan Lagares grounding into the Mets’ second double play of the day. The Mets had Edwin Diaz, who hasn’t thrown in a week, pitch the eighth inning. He made quick work of the Marlins, setting them down 1-2-3 on ten pitches. Guerrero stayed in and got the first out of the ninth and Adam Conley finished things out for the Marlins to complete the shutout. The Mets are now four games under .500, their lowest mark of the season.
Full recap to follow.
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- MetsFan4Decades: 76
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- NateW: 25
- Allison McCague: 25
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- deegie: 20
- John Oldnrude: 19
- David Klein: 18
- The Glider: 18
- Dg34: 17