Stat Wrap: Miami Marlins Top Mets 9-3, Even Series
Four of the last five contests between NL East rivals New York and Miami have been decided by two runs or less. Clearly this wasn’t sitting well with the Marlins, as they broke out the big bats in a 9-3 pounding of the Mets Tuesday night at Citi Field.
And by big bats, we’re obviously talking Tom Koehler and Dee Gordon.
Koehler clubbed a stinging double in the 5th to back up his third consecutive quality start, and saw his All-Star second baseman put the final nail in the Mets’ coffin with a two-run blast in the 9th.
Sep 15, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon (9) and Miami Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas (19) celebrate after the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. The Marlins won 9-3. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
The Mets got out to 1-0 lead early, in a rocky first inning that saw Koehler plunk Yoenis Cespedes, load the bases, and surrender a run to (of course) David Wright. Five innings of scoreless, three-hit ball followed, and Cespedes and Wright alike failed to record a hit the rest of the night.
Jacob deGrom looked to be in his usual Marlin-killing form for three innings, before being sent to the showers after consecutive three-run, four-hit innings. Christian Yelich and Justin Bour both contributed two RBI nights and two extra-base hits of their own.
The Mets would cut the lead to four by chipping away at Bryan Morris in the 8th, but Gordon’s blast erased any fears about New York’s recent invincibility of sparking another come from behind effort.
The Mets’ streak ends at 8 games, and the magic number for wrapping up the NL East remains at ten. Miami’s magic number would be 1, as win number 63 would assure the club of dodging the dubious honor of a tie for the second-worst record in franchise history.
The Fish are finishing strong though, and are winners of 10 of their last 14. And according to the kind folks at ESPN Stats and Information, the Mets will likely be happy to be done with the September version of the Marlins after tomorrow, when Adam Conley pitches for Miami against Bartolo Colon for the Mets.
So here again is our stat wrap: a fascinating fact or figure for every frame played in the game.
- With the win, Koehler improved to 2-5 all time against NY.
- With a 4 for 5 night, Dee Gordon notched his 51st multi-hit game of the year.
- That’s as many multi-hit games as he has stolen bases.
- In fact, three Fish had multi-hit nights, as Yelich and Bour both went 3 for 5.
- Miami put up 15 hits tonight- their most since 17 on 9/4…against the Mets.
- Including the first extra base hit of Koehler’s career; two-game streak for #34.
- Not including a hit from J.T. Realmuto, who saw his 10-game streak end.
- Speaking of 10, Koehler picked up his 10th win on the year, tying his career high.
- Ichiro Watch: With a 9th inning pinch-hit single, make it 2,932 on his career hit total.
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