The Miami Marlins failed to secure their 11th win of 2019 for the fifth time on Saturday night.
The Baltimore Orioles are the second worst team, and are three games ahead of the Miami Marlins in the standings. After getting swept in Chicago, the Marlins are one game from getting swept in New York.
Prior to the game, the Marlins made several roster moves. Dropped from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day list was RHP Drew Steckenrider. OF Peter O’Brien was placed on the 10-day IL and LF Garrett Cooper was activated. RF Isaac Galloway and LHP Jose Quijada were optioned back to the New Orleans Baby Cakes, and RF Harold Ramirez and RHP Elieser Hernandez were called up from triple-A. Additionally, RHP Josh Roeder was promoted from the double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp to New Orleans.
Miami Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara pitched two strong innings to start the contest. In the third inning, he helped himself by scoring Jon Berti on an RBI-double. Unfortunately for Miami, that’s all the offense they’d be able to muster through the nine-inning contest.
Alcantara allowed Michael Conforto to knock in Robinson Cano in the fourth to tie things up. In the sixth, Pete Alonso (12) and Conforto (8) went deep back-to-back to give the Mets a two-run cushion. Later in the inning, Jacob deGrom drove Brandon Nimmo home with a single to complete the scoring.
Miami’s predictably anemic offense did little to dissuade the Mets from securing an easy victory. Aside from Alcantara’s double, Berti added a pair of doubles. The only other players to secure hits were Starlin Castro, Neil Walker, and Harold Ramirez, all with singles.
Alcantara lasted for 5 2/3 innings and placed 64-of-98 pitches over the plate. He walked two and allowed eight hits while striking out only one batter. Alcantara’s GameScore of 31 was his second lowest of the season. He was charged with all four runs and now sits with a 5.11 ERA. After eight starts, his weighted GameScore of 37.5 is by far the lowest mark on the Marlins.
Wei-Yin Chen had another productive outing, pitching a clean seventh inning and striking out one batter. Tyler Kinley pitched a scoreless eighth.
Below the top level of affiliated ball, the Miami Marlins farm system posted a 2-2 record. Victor Victor Mesa drove Micah Brown home for a walkoff 3-2 11 inning victory for the Jupiter Hammerheads over the Florida Fire Frogs. Meanwhile, Sharks pitching held Florida to only three hits, led by Jordan Holloway‘s one hit surrendered in 5 1/3 innings. Alejandro Mateo (1-4, 3.66) got the win by pitching a perfect 11th, striking out two.
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Stone Garrett secured a walkoff win for the Jumbo Shrimp with an RBI-single in the bottom of the ninth, to top the Biloxi Shuckers 2-1. John Silviano (3) went deep, Justin Twine hit a triple, and Brett Graves (1-0, 3.38) earned the win in relief. Cody Poteet started and earned no decision in allowing one run over seven innings.
Sean Reynolds hit a pair of doubles for the Clinton LumberKings in a losing effort to the Bowling Green Hot Rods. Monte Harrison and Austin Dean each collected two singles and a homer in a 5-3 loss tot he San Antonio Missions.
Miami Marlins Next
At 1:10PM tomorrow, Caleb Smith (3-0, 2.11) will look to continue heading the Miami Marlins rotation and try to salvage one-in-three against the Mets. Noah Syndergaard (2-3, 5.14) will take the hill for New York.