The game remained scoreless until the twelfth when Travis d’Arnaud hit a walk-off RBI single to win the game for the Mets.
Dillon Gee pitched 7 1/3 shutout innings, allowing six hits and two walks while striking out eight.
Pedro Feliciano, Scott Atchison, LaTroy Hawkins, Gonzalez Germen, and Vic Black combined for 4 2/3 scoreless innings. Germen recorded five strikeouts in two innings of work.
For a full recap and box score, check out SNY.TV.
Steve HirschGood for this team gutting out a win today. It was a sloppy win, but a W nevertheless. Gee was terrific this afternoon, as he has been for most of the second half (he entered the afternoon with a second half ERA of 2.47). Congrats to Travis d’Arnaud on his first career walk-off hit, I’m sure this will be a great confidence boost for him.
Despite the victory, it is worth discussing the Mets’ offense, as they have scored a mere 19 runs in their last 11 games. While they may no longer be playing for anything tangible this season, a lot of these guys are still competing for jobs in 2014, and it is truly concerning to see how few runs have been put on the board as of late.
Daniel Murphy had one of the strangest defensive innings I’ve ever seen in the eighth, making two errors and one fantastic play to keep the lead runner from getting to third base in addition to a routine groundout to end the inning. This also came one half inning after being picked off first base. To be fair, one of his errors could have easily been given to Flores who made a poor throw to second base. Regardless, though Murphy has undoubtedly made strides defensively this year, there is clearly still much room for improvement.
It was a strange game in that it seemed like Miami could have scored on a number of occasions. First, after Justin Ruggiano hit a two-out double in the sixth, he strangely attempted to steal third base, but d’Arnaud was able to make a nice play and throw him out. Next, Marlins manager Mike Redmond decided not to pinch-hit for pitcher Tom Koehler in the seventh when the Marlins had the go-ahead run on second base. Unusual strategies in my opinion, but maybe there’s information that we’re missing.
All in all, good job to the Mets for staying focused and not letting the game get away from them. The bullpen was fantastic and pitched very impressively despite the number of defensive miscues behind them. Now the Mets can relax tomorrow and rest up for the last couple weeks of the season.
The Mets are off on Monday. They start a three-game series with the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night at Citi Field, with Zack Wheeler facing Yusmeiro Petit at 7:10 p.m.
Video: Travis d’Arnaud (and Andy Martino) get pie’d after the game: