Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Marlins 1, Mets 0
By Adam Rubin
MIAMI -- The seeming awakening of the Mets’ bats at Coors Field during the weekend? Apparently that was only a mile-high mirage.
Tom Koehler surrendered a two-out double in the first to David Wright, retired the next 18 straight until a walk to Curtis Granderson and tossed eight scoreless innings overall as the Miami Marlins completed a sweep of the Mets with a 1-0 victory Wednesday afternoon.
The Mets mustered two hits and wasted a scoreless effort from Zack Wheeler while suffering their seventh walk-off loss in three seasons playing at Marlins Park.
The decisive run scored on Marcell Ozuna’s sacrifice fly against Kyle Farnsworth in the ninth, after Farnsworth inherited runners on the corners with one out from Carlos Torres. The Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton tagged and scored on Juan Lagares, who gave an uncharacteristically off-line throw that Anthony Recker could not handle anyway.
Farnsworth had inherited two runners in scoring position with none out in the series opener and managed to escape.
After winning their road-trip opener in Philly, the Mets (16-17) lost six of seven in Denver and Miami. They fell below .500 for the first time since April 19, when they were 8-9.
The Mets have been held scoreless for 23 straight innings.
They were shut out in consecutive games for the first time since July 15-16, 2010, at San Francisco, when Tim Lincecum tossed a complete game and then Barry Zito and Brian Wilson combined to blank the Mets the following day.
On Wednesday, the Mets threatened in the eighth to no avail. Lucas Duda opened the inning by singling off first baseman Garrett Jones’ glove and into right field. Recker bunted him to second base, but pinch hitters Bobby Abreu and Josh Satin consecutively struck out against Koehler.
Wheeler dealer: After surrendering a career-high seven runs in Denver on Friday, Wheeler bounced back, tossing six scoreless innings against the Marlins.
Wheeler did begin to wilt in his final frame. In a scoreless game in the sixth, he walked the first two batters to bring up Stanton. However, Wheeler shattered Stanton’s bat while inducing a 5-4-3 double play. Then, after issuing his third walk of the inning, Wheeler retired Jones on a groundout on pitch No. 104 to strand runners on the corners and preserve a scoreless tie.
Wheeler’s line in a no-decision: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 7 K.
0-for-2014: Mets pitchers remained hitless in 2014. Wheeler went 0-for-2, making the Mets hitless in 58 at-bats -- a major league record to begin a season. Terry Collins says Mets pitchers, who typically hit a couple of times in a cage between starts, will do more outdoor hitting during the upcoming homestand.
What’s next: The Mets have a day off Thursday then play 16 of their next 19 games in New York City. First up: the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. On Friday, Jenrry Mejia returns to the mound for the first time since allowing eight fifth-inning runs in Denver. Mejia (3-0, 5.23 ERA) opposes right-hander Roberto Hernandez (2-1, 4.50) in the 7:10 p.m. series opener.