Z-Cap: Mets Score 3, Win 3, Vs. Marlins

Tonight in the Citi, the Mets took down the Marlins 3-2 (box score) to nail down a win in their 5 game series with the Marlins.

Hats off to a couple guys tonight, the first I’m going to mention is Chris Capuano, who settled down after giving two runs in the first, to go 5 innings giving up 7 hits and struck out four, while only giving up those two first inning runs.  This had let down written all over it from the start, considering Capuano’s last outing against the Braves, but Capuano did a great job keeping the Mets in the game and allowing them to come back and take the victory.  So let’s talk offensive heroes…

Jason Bay tied the game in the sixth inning with an RBI single off of the mound in a big spot, which made up for a HUGE strike out he had earlier in the game with the bases loaded and one out.  Either way, Bay finished 3-4 tonight with a double and an RBI, so I’m not complaining.  Although he did have a slide at home plate where he tried to be too cute (slid head first around the catcher) and was tagged out for missing the plate.  Weak…

The biggest hero tonight was Lucas Duda who came through with a clutch two-strike hit in the seventh to drive in Jose Reyes and give the Mets a lead they would not relinquish.  Duda did a great job of two-strike hitting, which Bobby Ojeda made a HUGE deal out of in the SNY post-game, and for good reason.  Duda fouled off a couple of nice pitches, and took a tough approach with two strikes to deliver the big hit.

Also, Wright hit two “CitiField Doubles” AKA homers anywhere else tonight, that were tough to watch.  Especially considering he hammered both doubles to the left centerfield gap.  Either way…

Despite the timely hitting tonight, in the end (ninth) it was defense that won the day…

In the ninth inning with a runner on second and one out, David Wright made an unreal diving stop on a ball to his left to save a hit, and ultimately a run.  That play was immediately followed by a gorgeous backhand play up the middle by Ruben Tejada to end the game for the Mets, and to give Bobby Parnell a save, despite his defense being the ones doing the saving.

This was a nice win for the team, and a good ballgame to watch, which is something we hadn’t been saying much of lately.  Tomorrow, the Mets look to take 4 of 5 from the Fish…

Let’s go Mets.

 

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