July 13, 2014: DeGrom Leads Mets Over Fish for Sweep

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Date: July 13, 2014
Mets starter: Jacob deGrom
Mets: 9
Marlins: 1
Winning pitcher: Jacob deGrom
Key player(s): Jacob deGrom, Curtis Granderson, David Wright
Key play: DeGrom’s single, Granderson’s and Wright’s doubles

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Jacob deGrom pitched seven innings and hit a game-winning single as the Mets completed a series sweep with a 9-1 win over Miami.

DeGrom hurled a scoreless top of the first. Fish starter Brad Hand retired the side in order in the bottom half and Jacob set down all three batters in the top of the second. Lucas Duda hit a double to lead off the bottom of the inning. Duda advanced to third base on Juan Lagares’s bunt single and came home on Chris Young’s sacrifice fly for a 1-0 Mets lead. Anthony Recker was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Giancarlo Stanton. Hand then got Ruben Tejada to ground out to second baseman Ed Lucas and end the inning.

After a scoreless third, Casey McGehee got a two-out single in the top of the fourth. McGehee moved to third base on Garrett Jones’ double and scored the tying run on an infield single by Marcell Ozuna. DeGrom struck out Lucas to finish off the inning and Chris Young drew a walk with one out in the bottom half. Recker grounded out to Hand and an intentional walk to Tejada ensued. DeGrom hit a single to score Young and put the Mets in front by a run. Curtis Granderson followed with a double to bring home Tejada for a 3-1 New York lead. Hand then got Eric Campbell to hit a grounder on which third baseman McGehee threw to catcher Jeff Mathis for an out at home on deGrom that ended the inning.

DeGrom pitched a perfect top of the fifth. David Wright hit a ground-rule double against Marlins’ reliever Jacob Turner to open the bottom half. Duda was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Chris Yelich, after which Wright went to third base. Lagares hit a double to score Wright and increase the Mets’ lead to 4-1. Chris Young walked and Recker went down on strikes. Turner then got Tejada on a pop-up to Lucas for the inning’s third out.

To begin the top of the sixth, Adeiny Hechavarria singled and stole second base. Stanton drew a walk and McGehee hit a ground ball to second baseman Campbell for a double play. DeGrom fanned Jones to finish off the inning and Granderson got a single with one out in the bottom half. Campbell was struck out and Wright doubled to drive home Granderson for a 5-1 Mets lead. Duda went down on strikes to end the inning and deGrom retired the Fish in order in the top of the seventh. Turner then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Jeurys Familia surrendered only a walk to Yelich in the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Eric Young hit a single against Miami’s Kevin Gregg to open the bottom of the inning. Young stole second base and Granderson walked. Following a double steal, Campbell drew a walk that loaded the bases. Wright walked against the Marlins’ Chris Hatcher to force home Eric Young. Duda singled to score Granderson and extend the Mets’ lead to 7-1. Lagares popped out to Lucas and a single by Chris Young brought home Campbell. Recker singled to plate Wright with the Mets’ ninth run of the game. Fish reliever Sam Dyson then got Tejada on a pop-up to Lucas and retired Eric Young on a grounder to first baseman Jones for the final out of the inning.

Mets’ reliever Buddy Carlyle retired pinch-hitter Reed Johnson on a fly ball to center fielder Lagares to start the top of the ninth. McGehee also flied out to Lagares. Carlyle then struck out Jones to end the game. The Mets had a solid victory and a three-game series sweep.