Marlins Down Mets in 20 Inning Marathon

In a game where two young phenoms in Matt Harvey and Jose Fernandez were supposed to be the stars of the game, both the Miami Marlins and New York Mets had to rely on the showing of two strong pitchers coming in relief in the later innings of the game.

Jose Fernandez of the Marlins was dealing, allowing only one earned run and three hits in six innings of work. He also struck out seven batters, including an extraordinary fourth inning where he struck out the side looking.  If he was not on an inning limit for the season, due to his youth, Fernandez may have been able to go further as he showed no signs of deteriorating. Matt Harvey was having a day of his own, going seven innings until he was pulled out of the game before the start of the eighth inning due to lower-back tightness. Harvey is still undefeated through 13 starts, though he has eight no decisions, an MLB high.

In the bottom of the 12th, there was a moment where it seemed game over for the Marlins, as a pop fly went toward Marcell Ozuna’s way with Daniel Murphy at third. Ozuna made the catch for the out, as Murphy tagged up from third. Ozuna threw a beautiful one-hopper to Rob Brantly before Murphy made it to the plate. Attempting to make Brantly drop the ball to score the game-winning run, Murphy lowered his should and rammed into Brantly, with an impact so hard that it caused both players to lose their helmets. Despite taking an extremely hard lick, Brantly was able to stay with the ball for the third out of the 12th inning.

In the 13th inning, both the Marlins and Mets were desperate to save relievers for tomorrow, and also having options due to a rain out from last night’s scheduled game, both teams sent out pitchers that are normally start games to relieve in Kevin Slowey and Sean Marcum. Both pitchers threw the equivalent of pitching a normal game. Slowey was able to go seven innings without allowing a run, along with striking out eight batters. Marcum went seven innings without allowing a run himself until in the top of the 20th, he allowed what was to be the game winning run on an RBI base hit from Adeiny Hechavarria.

This gave Kevin Slowey only his second win of the season, as he is normally faced with nearly no run support, having the worst in all of baseball. Sean Marcum also got his seventh loss of the season, the second against the Marlins in an extra-inning game. Both Jose Fernandez and Matt Harvey had no decisions. The Marlins will look to get the sweep of a shortened series against the Mets.

-Ricky

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