September 2, 2012: Mets Complete Three-Game Sweep of Fish

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Date: September 2, 2012
Mets starter: Chris Young
Mets: 5
Marlins: 1
Winning pitcher: Chris Young
Key player(s): Chris Young, Jason Bay
Key play: Bay’s grand slam

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Sunday afternoon in Miami. The teams played the finale of a three-game series at Marlins Park. The Mets completed a series sweep with a 5-1 win over the Fish.

Ronny Cedeno doubled against Marlins’ starter Mark Buehrle to lead off the top of the first inning. Justin Turner hit a double on which Cedeno advanced to third base and Ronny came home on David Wright’s ground out to shortstop Jose Reyes. Scott Hairston popped out to Reyes and a walk to Ike Davis ensued. Kelly Shoppach was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Jason Bay hit a grand slam for a 5-0 Mets lead. Buehrle retired Andres Torres on a fly ball to right fielder Giancarlo Stanton for the inning’s final out. Mets’ starter Chris Young then shut down the Fish in the bottom half.

Young and Buehrle each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fourth. In the fifth, Buehrle set down the side in order and Rob Brantly drew a walk to begin the bottom of the inning. Buehrle’s sacrifice bunt advanced Brantly to second base and Bryan Petersen flied out to right fielder Hairston. A double by Justin Ruggiano scored Brantley with the Marlins’ first run of the game. Young retired Reyes on a fly ball to left fielder Bay to close out the inning and Buehrle pitched a perfect top of the sixth. Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell then set down all three Miami hitters in the bottom half.

Buehrle and the Mets’ Josh Edgin each recorded a double play in pitching a scoreless seventh inning. Turner singled against Marlins’ reliever Ryan Webb to open the top of the eighth. Wright followed with a ground ball to second baseman Donovan Solano for a double play and Webb struck out Hairston to end the inning. Edgin issued a walk to Petersen to begin the bottom half. Mets’ reliever Jon Rauch threw a called third strike past Ruggiano and got Reyes to fly out to center fielder Torres. Rauch fanned Stanton for the inning’s final out. Miami reliever Carlos Zambrano then hurled a scoreless top of the ninth.

Mets’ reliever Frank Francisco retired Carlos Lee on a ground ball to second baseman Turner to start the bottom of the ninth inning. Greg Dobbs popped out to third baseman Wright. Francisco then got Solano to ground out to Turner and end the game. The Mets had a sweep of the three-game series.