Miami Marlins Recap: Mets Comeback and Top Marlins
By Ehsan Kassim
Apr 16, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; Miami Marlins third base coach Brett Butler (2) high fives third baseman Martin Prado (14) on his home run during the fourth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Coming off of their first series win of the season, the Miami Marlins traveled to New York to take on the Mets. Thursday was the first of a four game series between the two teams, with the Mets taking a 1-0 lead in the series.
This was one of the more interesting games of the season for the Miami Marlins, with them and the New York Mets going back-and-forward trading leads all night.
The Miami Marlins got off to a quick start in this game, taking a 2-0 lead, just three hitters into the game. After Christian Yelich singled and stole second, Giancarlo Stanton sliced a ball to the opposite field for his first home run of the season. It was the 155th of his career, which puts him on top of the Marlins all-time list.
Stanton needs just 600 more to tie Barry Bonds. Let’s hope we see that one day in a Marlins uniform.
Martin Prado extended the Marlins lead to 3-0 on a Martin Prado solo home run in the fourth inning. That lead survived until the bottom of the 5th inning, when Wilmer Flores hit a 3-run bomb to tie the game at 3.
The Marlins quickly responded in the 6th inning, when a Marcell Ozuna walk with the bases loaded gave the Marlins the lead back. J.T. Realmuto, starting in place of Jarrod Saltalamacchia, lined the next pitch to the warning track, but Curtis Granderson made a nice catch to retire him and prevent 3 runs from scoring.
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A Lucas Duda double and a Michael Cuddyer single tied the game at 4. Cuddyer scored two hitters later, with A.J. Ramos in the game in relief for Jarred Cosart, giving the Mets a 5-4 lead.
With one out in the 8th, Ichiro Suzuki came to the plate and lined a triple, but was thrown out at home plate on a Dee Gordon grounder to second. The play was reviewed and it was determined Ichiro was safe.
The game was tied 5-5 heading into the bottom of the 7th inning.
Mike Dunn relieved Ramos in the 7th and walked two of the first three hitters he faced, his first two walks of the season. That eventually resulted in a Lucas Duda bloop single giving the Mets the lead, again, 6-5. An infield single by Cuddyer extended the lead to 7-5.
Giancarlo Stanton hit a lead-off double to start the 8th inning, but was stranded on third base, with Michael Morse and Marcell Ozuna striking out with Stanton on third. The Marlins went down quietly in the ninth, resulting in their 7th loss of the season.
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