It’s Twitter Tuesday and today’s game features several references to the previous night’s game lengthy duration. Last night’s game marks the longest in Marlins history at over five and a half hours. That continues to be the theme referenced often by Rich Waltz and Tommy Hutton throughout the night. Today’s game is different, particularly in the first half.
During the first inning, nothing much happens. During the second inning rookie outfielder Marcell Ozuna makes his first major league appearance. He was called up earlier today to replace the injured Giancarlo Stanton. Ozuna fought hard at the plate during his first at bat, but ultimately strikes out swinging. Absolutely nothing of significance happens in the third inning.
The fourth inning saw more of the same boring monotony and the Mets finally break the scoreless game with a sacrifice fly to score Daniel Murphy tagging from third base making it 0-1 Mets. In the bottom of the fifth inning Marcell Ozuna gets his first major league hit. A decent single to left field. Unfortunately, Ozuna’s base hit is the brightest spot of the fifth inning for the Fish. The sixth inning follows suit with the first three innings of the game.
Kevin Slowey is looking good as we head into the seventh inning when Lucas Duda smokes a double into left center field. Slowey recovers by retiring the next two batters he faces. Other than the brilliance of Slowey, nothing else of major significance takes place during the seventh inning. Ozuna leads off the eighth inning with a groundout to third. That is all the excitement for the Fish in the eight inning. Chris Coghlan starts the bottom of the ninth inning with a beautiful single down the third base side. Coghlan advances to second base on a passed ball by the Mets catcher. Juan Pierre puts down a fantastic bunt that allows Coghlan to slide safely into third base when the tag was not in time to get him out. Donovan Solano singles to right allowing Coghlan to score, tying the game at 1-1. The Mets intentionally walk Placido Polanco for Greg Dobbs. On a passed ball, Mets catcher Anthony Recker allows Pierre to score the winning run. MARLINS WIN!!!! That’s three wins in a row, and that’s called a winning streak.
This was a classic pitchers duel, the likes of which I have not seen in a very long time. Hats off to both Kevin Slowey and Jeremy Hefner.
Till next week kids.