The Mets beat the Marlins 3-2 Wednesday night thanks in part to the Mets excellent defense and the Marlins pitiful play in the field.
Chris Capuano dug an early hole, following up that sensational two-hitter by allowing two runs in the first inning. He settled down and got through the next four innings without allowing any more runs. He was lifted before he could get to the cursed sixth inning.
The Mets scored their first run in the fourth on a Nick Evans single, but it was a Gaby Sanchez error that set up the inning for the Mets. Jason Bay tied the game with a single off pitcher Chris Volstad in the sixth (below). Lucas Duda hit the game-winning single in the seventh.
The Marlins were credited with just one error, but they had several misplays all throughout the game. It’s amazing that the Marlins defense is terrible year after year regardless of what players they bring in.
The Mets defense stepped up in the ninth. Bobby Parnell came on for the save, but Greg Dobbs singled off him to lead off the inning. Marlins manager Jack McKeon gave the Mets a gift by sacrificing Dobbs to second. David Wright got the second out on a sensational diving stop of an Omar Infante grounder. Then Mike Stanton sent a ground ball up the middle that was ticketed for center field and a tie game. But Ruben Tejada made a similarly sensational diving play and threw out Stanton to end the game.
Bay appeared to break out of his 0-for-16 slump by going three-for-four. But we’ve seen this before from Bay. Wright hit two doubles off the wall in left that would have been homers in most other parks. And Jose Reyes had another multi-hit game with a single and a double.
The Mets try to take four-out-of-five from the Marlins Thursday night.