June 22, 2014: Seventeen Hits Fillet Fish

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Date: June 22, 2014
Mets starter: Jonathon Niese
Mets: 11
Marlins: 5
Winning pitcher: Jonathon Niese
Key player(s): Daniel Murphy, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Anthony Recker, Eric Young
Key play: Murphy’s home run, Nieuwenhuis’s RBI double, Young’s single

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Sunday afternoon in Miami. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. The Mets pounded out seventeen hits in an 11-5 win over the Fish.

After a scoreless first inning, Lucas Duda singled against Marlins’ starter Anthony DeSclafini to lead off the top of the second. Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a double and Ruben Tejada drew a walk to load the bases. Anthony Recker followed with a sacrifice fly to score Duda and send Nieuwenhuis to third base. Jonathon Niese laid down a sacrifice bunt on a squeeze play to bring home Nieuwenhuis for a two-run Mets lead. DeScalfini retired Eric Young on a fly ball to left fielder Reed Johnson to end the inning. Niese then gave up only a single to Marcell Ozuna in the bottom half.

Curtis Granderson got a single to open the top of the third. Granderson advanced to third base on Daniel Murphy’s single and scored on David Wright’s sacrifice fly. Duda flied out to Johnson and a double by Nieuwenhuis brought home Murphy for a 4-0 Mets lead. DeSclafini retired Tejada on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Ozuna. Niese then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Recker singled against DeSclafini to begin the top of the fourth. Niese followed with a bunt on which third baseman Casey McGehee threw to shortstop Ed Lucas for an out at second base on Recker. Young’s sacrifice bunt moved Niese to second and a walk to Granderson ensued. Murphy slugged a three-run homer to increase the Mets’ lead to 7-0. Miami reliever Jacob Turner got Wright to ground out to second baseman Derek Dietrich and finish off the inning. Niese then yielded just a single to Giancarlo Stanton in the bottom half.

Duda got a leadoff single in the top of the fifth. Nieuwenhuis lined out to Ozuna and a single by Tejada followed. Recker grounded to Lucas for a double play that closed out the inning and Niese pitched a perfect bottom half. Turner held the Mets to a single by Granderson in the top of the sixth and Jeff Mathis doubled to open the bottom of the inning. Mathis went to third base on Turner’s sacrifice bunt and scored on a double by Johnson. Lucas lined out to second baseman Murphy and a single by Stanton plated Johnson with the Marlins’ second run. McGehee drew a walk and Ozuna singled to drive home Stanton, cutting the Mets’ lead to 7-3. Jeff Baker walked to load the bases and Niese struck out Dietrich to end the inning.

Wright hit a double against Turner to begin the top of the seventh. Duda drew a walk and Nieuwenhuis followed with a force play ground ball to Dietrich. Tejada singled to score Wright and advanced to third base on Recker’s double that drove home Nieuwenhuis. Pinch-hitter Eric Campbell went down on strikes and Young singled to plate both Tejada and Recker for an 11-3 New York lead. Granderson hit a ground-rule double against Fish reliever Bryan Morris, who followed up with a strikeout of Murphy to end the inning. Mets’ reliever Carlos Torres then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Wright and Duda got back-to-back singles (the Mets’ 16th and 17th hits) to begin the top of the eighth. Morris recorded outs on each of the next three batters and Torres retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning. Miami reliever A. J. Ramos pitched a perfect top of the ninth and pinch-hitter Garrett Jones drew a one-out walk against New York’s Gonzalez Germen to lead off the bottom half. Dietrich doubled and Mathis was struck out. Justin Bour hit a double to bring home Jones and Dietrich with the Marlins’ fourth and fifth runs. Germen then got Johnson to line out to center fielder Nieuwenhuis and end the game. The Mets had a solid victory to close out the weekend series.