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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Miami, FL (Sept 5) – The New York Mets lost to the Florida Marlins by the score of 9-3 on Monday night. Chris Capuano made the start and only lasted four innings. D.J. Carrasco also had a rough day. The offense was good with four batters having multi-hit games.
Capuano pitched four innings giving up eight hits and six runs with a walk and three strikeouts. Capuano took the loss and is 10-12 on the season. Carrasco pitched two innings giving up seven hits and three runs with one of them being earned, Daniel Herrera pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout and Ryota Igarashi pitched a scoreless inning with two walks and three strikeouts.
Jose Reyes had a hit, Ruben Tejada had two hits and David Wright had a hit. Angel Pagan had two hits and an RBI, Jason Bay had two hits and two RBI and Nick Evans had two hits. Evans had a double, Wright, Pagan each had a triple, and Bay had a homerun. The Mets were 1-7 with runners in scoring position and they left six men on base. Tejada made an error and Thole had a passed ball. Bay had an outfield assist.
The Marlins scored two first inning runs to take a 2-0 lead. Emilio Bonifacio hit a double, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a wild pitch. Logan Morrison had an RBI single for the second run. In the third inning, Jose Lopez hit a solo homerun to make it a 3-0 game. In the fourth inning, Wright tripled and Pagan had an RBI groundout making it a 3-1 game in favor of the Marlins. In the fourth, Bryan Peterson had an RBI single and Bonifacio had a two-run single making it a 6-1 game. In the fifth Mike Cameron had an RBI double to make it 7-1. Gaby Sanchez had a two run single in the sixth making it 9-1. In the ninth inning, Bay hit a two-run homerun to make it 9-3 and complete the scoring.
The Mets lost the first of three in Florida and are 2-2 on their current six game road trip they will play game two of this three game series on Tuesday night at 7:10PM. Capuano turned in his shortest outing of the season.
This poor outing came just 10 days after he had his best outing where he struck out 13 and pitched a two hitter against the Atlanta Braves. Bay was a bright spot for the Mets, he has changed his swing and will not tinker with that for the last month no matter the results. Hudgens the hitting coach and he were watching film of his homeruns in Boston and his homeruns in a Mets uniform and they noticed something and went back to what he was doing in Boston. It has seemed to work so far and hopefully for him and the Mets he finishes strong and can carry that into next season. The Mets have had another rough season and will take any positives they can get.