It took almost two complete games to decide last night’s contest between the New York Mets and Miami Marlins.
Yoenis Cespedes stayed hot, totaling his second multi-homerun game in the past three games. The difference maker in this game however, was Travis d’Arnaud. d’Arnaud hit a home run to lead off the top of the 16th to give the Mets a 9-8 lead which would eventually be the nail in the coffin.
“It’s huge for us to start like this,” d’Arnaud said. “It has been fun. This clubhouse is awesome.”
Things did not look good for the Mets early on in the game as starting pitcher Robert Gsellmen let up a career high eight runs in only 4 2/3 innings. Marcell Ozuna hit a grand slam in the first inning for the Marlins. While the Marlins maintained an early lead, they were unable to maintain it and bring home the win.
The following seven relievers for the Mets put on a stellar performance, shutting out the Marlins for the remainder of the game. The emergence of a solid bullpen presence from this Mets team, especially this early in the season, is huge for them going forward.
This game was a battle of attrition as both managers emptied their benches and bullpen in hopes of getting the win. Unfortunately, the Marlins still have many issues in the organization, both on the field and in the front office.
“We are still looking for an owner,” team president David Samson said. “If no one comes forward, we will take care of the cat. Will it become our rally cat? It could.”
Regardless of if this team finds an owner or not, they need to figure things out sooner than later as the first couple games of the season are crucial to jump starting any teams season.