Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Marlins 5, Mets (ss) 2 (10 innings)
By Adam Rubin
VIERA, Fla. -- In Port St. Lucie, Gonzalez Germen surrendered three 10th-inning runs, and a Mets split squad lost to the Miami Marlins, 5-2, Wednesday at Tradition Field.
The Mets had tied the game in the bottom of the ninth when Matt den Dekker’s sacrifice fly scored Matt Clark. Clark had singled and advanced to third base on minor-league call-up Jeff Glenn's single.
Dillon Gee allowed one run on four hits while striking out one in 2 1/3 innings. His fastball sat at 87 mph.
Carlos Torres entered and recorded two outs on three pitches in relief of Gee that frame. Torres went on to retire six straight batters until surrendering a double to Jeff Mathis.
Torres eventually logged three-plus innings. The lone run against him was unearned, when den Dekker’s throw from center field eluded Anthony Recker. The error, charged to the catcher, allowed Miami to take a 2-0 lead.
Ryan Reid inherited two runners from Torres in the sixth and coaxed a first-pitch double play.
At the plate, the Mets mustered only two hits in 3 1/3 innings against reigning NL Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez. After a leadoff single in the first by Eric Young Jr., Fernandez retired nine straight. The next hit, a two-strike single by Chris Young in the bottom of the fourth, came after Young could have been called out looking at a breaking ball, but which was ruled a ball.
The Mets then were blanked for an additional 2 2/3 innings by Kevin Slowey.
The Mets pulled within 2-1 in the seventh when Recker’s single scored Dustin Lawley, then drew even in the ninth on den Dekker’s sac fly.
“I still feel a little out sync, but that’s what all this is for,” Gee said about his start. “... I’m not a power guy, so I can’t just go out there and blow things by guys. I’m a feel guy. My mechanics are big. My timing is big. After taking four months off, it kind of takes a while to find that. Now, after throwing 199 innings last year, I try to take a little more time off and get that rest, instead of coming into spring training ready to go -- try to utilize spring training so I can make it a whole year again and make it 200-plus [innings].
“I have a tendency to want to rush and force everything to the plate rather than letting everything work how it’s supposed to,” Gee continued. “I just continue to work on the things we were working on last year during the season, trying to replicate that as much as possible.
“As of right now, I feel good compared to where I was last year at this point. Last year, one of these games, I hit like three guys and walked like five guys. At least I’m throwing strikes right now. If I can throw strikes, I can go out there and compete no matter how I feel.”