Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Mets 3, Marlins 2
By Adam Rubin
WHAT IT MEANS: Lucas Duda, placed third in a starting lineup for the first time in his major league career, plated Joe Reyes with a tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh off left-handed reliever Mike Dunn as the Mets beat the Marlins, 3-2, on Wednesday night.
BAY WATCH: Jason Bay’s RBI single in the sixth scored David Wright, who had doubled off the left-field wall for the second time in the game, to make it 2-2. Bay’s grounder kicked off Marlins right-hander Chris Volstad and into shallow right field. Bay finished with three hits, including a leadoff double in the eighth. His second-inning infield single snapped 0-for-17 and 2-for-45 droughts.
CAPPER: After tossing a two-hit shutout against the Atlanta Braves in his last start, which required 122 pitches, the Mets contemplated giving Chris Capuano an extra day of rest before this turn. Capuano opted to pitch on schedule, and the Marlins’ first two hitters duplicated Atlanta’s hit total of the previous outing. Leadoff hitter Emilio Bonifacio doubled and Omar Infante singled to open the game. Both scored on Jose Lopez’s two-run single with the bases loaded.
Capuano followed Florida’s two-run first with four scoreless frames. He departed with his pitch count at 99 when his turn came up to bat in the bottom of the fifth with the Mets trailing, 2-1.
PARNELL TRACKER: Bobby Parnell recorded his third save this season and fourth of his career with a scoreless ninth. After a leadoff single by Greg Dobbs and sacrifice bunt, Wright helped Parnell's cause with a diving stop and throw to first for the second out. The bullpen contributed a combined four scoreless innings, with Pedro Beato, Manny Acosta and Jason Isringhausen also contributing.
WHAT’S NEXT: Miguel Batista makes his Mets debut, taking the rotation spot of Jon Niese (right intercostal muscle strain), Thursday at 7:10 p.m. Batista, 40, was 3-2 with a 4.60 ERA in 26 appearances (one start) for the St. Louis Cardinals this season. He was released following a June 21 relief appearance in which he issued a pair of bases-loaded walks. Batista opposes Marlins right-hander Clay Hensley (2-5, 5.40 ERA).