Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Mets Blanked By Marlins as Road Trip Struggles Continue

By Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

New York Mets vs. Miami Marlins

Post Game Recap

The New York Mets road trip struggles continued again Tuesday night against the Miami Marlins, as they were shut out 3-0. It is the second consecutive loss for the Mets in Miami, who have lost five of their last six games since opening the road trip with a victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. This was only the fifth time all season that the Mets did not hold a lead at some point in the game. With the loss the Mets fall back to .500 with a record of 16-16. The Marlins run their record to 18-15, with a dominating home record of 16-5.

Tonight the Mets were shutdown by Henderson Alvarez. Alvarez went the distance, tossing a complete game shutout. The Mets did not mount much of a threat offensively all evening, managing only six hits. Alvarez struck out seven over his nine innings as well. Alvarez is the first Marlin since Dontrelle Willis on July 3rd, 2005 to shut out the Mets.

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The Mets scoring opportunities were far and few between, as Alvarez rolled all evening. The two best chances the Mets had to score were the fourth inning when Juan Lagares led off with a double, and the sixth inning when David Wright came up with two men in scoring position in two outs. Alvarez forced Wright into a ground out, ending the inning and the Mets threat.

In the process, Curtis Granderson’s modest six-game hitting streak was snapped. He went 0-4 from the plate, striking out twice.

Bartolo Colon toed the rubber for the Mets, delivering a quality start, but still receiving the loss as the Mets offense was non-existent. Colon tossed seven innings, surrendering three runs on seven hits and one walk to go along with five strikeouts.

Colon struggled all night with the two biggest hitters in the Marlins’ lineup in Giancarlo Stanton and Casey McGehee. The two combined to go 4-6 from the plate, accounting for over half the Marlins’ total on the night, and knocked in all three of the runs for the team. Stanton scored one run, while Derek Dietrich scored the other two.

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Up next, the Mets will try and avoid getting swept by their division rivals and falling under .500 for the first time since April 19th. Zack Wheeler (1-3, 5.13 ERA) will take the mound against Tony Koehler (3-2, 2.41 ERA) Wednesday in a 12:40 P.M. matinee.

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