August 4, 2015: Four Runs in 8th Fillet Fish
|Date: August 4, 2015|
|Mets starter: Jonathon Niese|
|Winning pitcher: Jonathon Niese|
|Key player(s): Eric Campbell, Juan Lagares, Curtis Granderson|
|Key play: Campbell's single, Lagares's triple, Granderson's double|
The Mets faced the Marlins on a Tuesday night in Miami. The teams played the second of three games in a series. The Mets scored four runs in the eighth inning for a 5-1 win.
Jonathon Niese and the Marlins' Brad Hand each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Hand gave up only a single to Lucas Duda in the top of the third and Adeiny Hechavarria drew a walk to lead off the bottom half. Hechavarria moved to second base on Hand's sacrifice bunt and scored on a single by Dee Gordon for a 1-0 Miami lead. Cole Gillespie hit a single to advance Gordon to third. Niese then got Christian Yelich on a ground ball to second baseman Wilmer Flores for an inning-ending double play.
Hand yielded just a single to Ruben Tejada in the top of the fourth. Niese held the Fish to a single by Martin Prado in the bottom half and Marlins' reliever Adam Conley retired the side in order in the top of the fifth. Hechavarria reached on third baseman Juan Uribe's error to begin the bottom of the inning. Conley followed with a sacrifice bunt to send Hechavarria to second base. Gordon was retired on a line drive to center fielder Juan Lagares after which Hechavarria went to third. Niese then threw a called third strike past Gillespie to close out the inning.
Flores got a two-out double in the top of the sixth. Tejada hit a single to drive home Flores and tie the game at 1-1. Niese grounded out to shortstop Hechavarria to end the inning and set down the side in order in the bottom half. Curtis Granderson drew a walk against Conley with one out in the top of the seventh. Miami reliever Bryan Morris retired Yoenis Cespedes on a grounder to third baseman Prado and threw a called third strike past Uribe for the inning's final out. Niese then yielded just a single to Derek Dietrich in the bottom half.
Duda singled against Marlins' reliever Mike Dunn to begin the top of the eighth. Travis d'Arnaud singled and Flores popped out to catcher J. T. Realmuto on a bunt attempt. Tejada went down on strikes and pinch-hitter Eric Campbell singled to score Duda, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead. D'Arnaud and Campbell went to third and second base, respectively, on a wild pitch before coming home on a triple by Lagares. Granderson followed with a double that plated Lagares and extended the New York lead to four runs. Miami reliever Brian Ellington retired Cespedes on an inning-ending line drive to left fielder Yelich, who hit a two-out single against the Mets' Tyler Clippard in the bottom half. Ichiro Suzuki singled and Clippard got Prado on a pop-up to Flores for the inning's third out.
Ellington hurled a perfect top of the ninth. Dietrich singled against Mets' reliever Jeurys Familia to open the bottom half. A wild pitch advanced Dietrich to second base and Realmuto was hit by a pitch. Hechavarria grounded to Flores for a double play. Familia then struck out pinch-hitter Miguel Rojas to end the game. The Mets had a solid victory.