September 2, 2014: Sixteen Hits Fillet the Fish

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Date: September 2, 2014
Mets starter: Jonathon Niese
Mets: 8
Marlins: 6
Winning pitcher: Jonathon Niese
Key player(s): Juan Lagares, David Wright
Key play: Wright’s and Lagares’s singles and doubles

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Tuesday night in Miami. The teams played the second of three games in a series. The Mets hammered out sixteen hits in an 8-6 win.

Juan Lagares singled against Marlins’ starter Brad Penny to lead off the top of the first inning. Lagares advanced to second base on Curtis Granderson’s ground out to first baseman Jeff Baker and came around to score on a single by David Wright. Lucas Duda went down on strikes and Travis d'Arnaud hit a single. Matt den Dekker singled to score Wright for a 2-0 Mets lead. Penny retired Dilson Herrera on a pop-up to second baseman Donovan Solano for the third out. Mets’ starter Jonathon Niese then gave up only a bunt single to Christian Yelich in the bottom half.

Wilmer Flores hit a single to begin the top of the second. Flores moved to second base on Niese’s sacrifice bunt and came home on a double by Lagares. Juan advanced to third on Granderson’s ground out to Baker and scored on a wild pitch to increase the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Wright doubled and Penny struck out Duda to end the inning. Niese then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Penny shut down the Mets in the top of the third. Yelich got a two-out double in the bottom of the inning. Solano followed with an infield single on which third baseman Wright made an error that allowed Yelich to score. Giancarlo Stanton slugged a two-run homer to cut the Mets’ lead to 4-3. Casey McGehee singled and Marcell Ozuna was struck out to finish off the inning. Flores hit a leadoff single against Miami reliever Anthony DeSclafani in the top of the fourth. Wilmer advanced to second on Niese’s sacrifice bunt and scored on a single by Lagares. Juan stole second and a strikeout of Granderson followed. Wright doubled to drive home Lagares and went to third on a wild pitch. Duda hit a single to score Wright for a 7-3 New York lead. DeSclafani then got d’Arnaud to ground out to third baseman McGehee and end the inning.

Baker and Jarrod Saltalamacchia got back-to-back singles to open the bottom of the fourth. Adeiny Hechavarria grounded out to second baseman Herrera to send the runners to second and third base. Pinch-hitter Reed Johnson followed with a sacrifice fly to bring home Baker. Yelich hit a single to plate Saltalamacchia and reduce the Mets’ lead to 7-5. Solano grounded out to Herrera to end the inning and Fish reliever Carter Capps pitched a perfect top of the fifth. Niese then yielded only a double to Stanton in the bottom half.

Niese and Lagares got consecutive singles against Capps to open the top of the sixth. Granderson was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Yelich, after which the runners advanced to second and third base. Wright followed with a sacrifice fly to score Niese and extend the Mets’ lead to 8-5. Miami reliever Dan Jennings threw a called third strike past Duda for the inning’s final out and Hechavarria tripled with one out in the bottom half. Garrett Jones grounded out to Herrera to drive home Hechavarria with the Marlins’ sixth run of the game. Niese then got Yelich on a called third strike to close out the inning.

D’Arnaud and den Dekker got back-to-back singles to begin the top of the seventh. Herrera grounded to Solano for a double play and Flores grounded out to McGehee to end the inning. Mets’ reliever Carlos Torres gave up only a single to Solano in the bottom half and Lagares drew a one-out walk against Jennings in the top of the eighth. Granderson was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Ozuna. Miami’s Sam Dyson fanned Wright for the inning’s third out. New York’s Jeurys Familia then retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Duda drew a leadoff walk in the top of the ninth. D’Arnaud singled for the Mets’ sixteenth hit and den Dekker hit a force play ground ball to McGehee. Den Dekker stole second base and Herrera grounded out to shortstop Hechavarria. Dyson retired Flores on a grounder to first baseman Jones that finished off the inning and Mets’ reliever Jenrry Mejia fanned Hechavarria to start the bottom half. Jones also went down on strikes. Mejia then got Yelich to ground out to Herrera and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory with a strong hitting attack.