Luck finally came the New York Mets‘ way, as they defeated the Miami Marlins in one of the most bizarre endings you’ll ever see. The Mets played their first game in front of fans since September of 2019, and boy was it strange. Taijuan Walker was given the start for the Mets today, with Nick Neidert going for the Marlins.
Walker Solid in His Mets Debut
In his first game with New York, Taijuan Walker had a great first impression. Walker started off the game without allowing a hit through 4 2/3 innings pitched. Walker was cruising until the 6 inning when Jon Berti led off the inning for the Marlins. Berti on the first pitch drilled a single to right field, which was then followed by a Corey Dickerson RBI single.
Walker nearly limited the damage to only 1 run, but with two outs Jesus Aguilar hit a sharp single to left to drive in Dickerson. That hit would give the Marlins a 2-1 lead at the time.
The tough 6th inning ended up being Walker’s last, but it shouldn’t overshadow his quality start. Walker’s finished the day giving up 2 runs, 2 walks, 4 hits, and 4 strikeouts. His earned run average after one start is exactly 3.
After Walker left, the bullpen faired pretty well for the rest of the game. Miguel Castro came in to pitch the 7th , working a perfect inning with 1 strikeout. Trevor May bounced back nicely in the 8th, allowing only 1 hit in a scoreless inning. Edwin Diaz pitched his first game of the season in the top of the ninth, allowing only 1 walk over another scoreless inning. The Mets’ bullpen for the day went 3 innings, striking out 3, and not allowing a single run.
Mets’ Bats Are Quiet For Most of Game
The Mets offense nearly cost them this game. Through 8 innings, the Mets had accumulated 4 hits and only scored 1 run. Their run game in the bottom of the fifth when Dominic Smith hit a sacrifice fly to center field. Starling Marte made a terrific catch on the play, limiting the Mets to a short 1-0 lead.
The Mets continued their struggles of scoring with RISP in this game, leaving 11 total runners on base. New York as a team went 0-6 with RISP. Going into the bottom of the ninth the Mets were down 2-1, with Anthony Bass on the mound for the Marlins. The Mets were in danger of falling to 1-3 on the season…
An Eventful Bottom of the Ninth
Jeff McNeil led off the bottom of the ninth desperately needing a hit on the season. McNeil was 0-10 on the season going into the at bat, but crushed a 3-1 sinker off Bass to tie the game at 2. McNeil has an early-season nominee for best bat flip of the season with that home run.
Luis Guillorme then beat out an infield single with 1 out, to become the go-ahead run at first. Brandon Nimmo, who was the only Met having a good day at the plate, continued the rally with a sharp double left which moved Guillorme to third. Nimmo on the day went 3-5 with 2 doubles.
With 1 out and a base open the Marlins decided to intentionally walk Francisco Lindor to load up the bases. Michael Conforto came up to the plate with the chance to be the hero of the game. On the 6th pitch and down 1-2 in the count, Conforto decided to break a rule in baseball.
Conforto leaned into the pitch which would’ve been strike 3, but the umpire still called it a hit-by-pitch! By rule a batter cannot lean into the strike zone to get hit by a pitch. The Marlins wanted a replay on the call, but the call still ended up going in the Mets favor. The Mets won by a controversial score of 3-2! One of the craziest endings you may see all season!
What’s Next for the Mets
The New York Mets have tomorrow off, but will be right back at it on Saturday with Jacob deGrom on the mound. The game will be a day game, with first pitch scheduled at 1:10 PM EST. We all know how well deGrom pitches in day games, so expect the game to potentially be low scoring.