Mets 7, Marlins 3

Miami Marlins fall to New York Mets following a parade of gaffes

 

The Marlins made a series of mistakes and miscommunications, paving the way to an embarrassing loss to the Mets.

cspencer@MiamiHerald.com

The Marlins were a mess on Friday.

In a performance that was as deplorable as any all season, the Marlins botched one play after another in an unsightly, 7-3 defeat to the New York Mets.

“[Friday’s] game was pretty ugly,” Guillen said. “It was a very embarrassing game for us.”

Second baseman Donovan Solano was charged with an error.

Miscommunication on a shallow fly enabled a routine pop to fall in for a hit between third baseman Gil Velazquez and left fielder Justin Ruggiano.

Ruggiano misjudged a line drive that sailed over his head.

Jacob Turner uncorked a wild pitch.

The Marlins nearly botched a rundown between third and home plate.

And that was just the first two innings.

“The way we played the first three innings, it was embarrassing,” Guillen said.

In the fifth, Turner struck out Daniel Murphy. But Murphy reached when the ball got past catcher Rob Brantly for a passed ball. Two batters later, after Murphy had advanced to second, shortstop Jose Reyes lost track of the outs and, thinking there were two instead of one, held on to a line drive he caught instead of doubling the runner off second.

“He lost track of a lot of things [Friday],” Guillen said of Reyes.

“Mentally he had a bad game. The first game we’ve seen him do that.”

While the Marlins and Mets are positioned close to one another at the bottom of the National League East standings, it was the Marlins on Friday who showed they deserved to be there more.

Of the six runs allowed by Turner, only three were earned.

“If I was pitching in that game, I might fight with somebody,” Guillen said. “I think they should have scored only one run. The kid pitched well. We just played bad baseball. Very bad.”

That wasn’t the only troubling news for the Marlins.

With Giancarlo Stanton continuing to remain out of the lineup with an abdomen injury, they also lost Ruggiano to injury. Ruggiano sprained his right shoulder while diving for a ball and, knowing he couldn’t continue, took himself out of the game.

“I knew right as I landed I did it,” Ruggiano said. “The night of the injury it’s hard to diagnose how long it will be.

“But I think I’ll be playing again this year.”

Guillen said that outfielder Scott Cousins would join the team.

Stanton remained out of the lineup on Friday with a left intercostal strain, and Guillen said the outfielder would not play Saturday, either.

Guillen said Stanton experienced continued discomfort when he tried swinging a bat Friday.

Coming up

Saturday: Marlins LHP Mark Buehrle (13-12, 3.78 ERA) at New York Mets RHP R.A. Dickey (18-6, 2.67), 1:10 p.m., Citi Field.

•  Sunday: Marlins RHP Ricky Nolasco (12-12, 4.42) at Mets RHP Chris Young (4-8, 4.37), 1:10 p.m., Citi Field.

•  Scouting report: Over the past two seasons, Dickey has gone 7-0 against the Marlins while allowing just four earned runs in 51 total innings (0.71 ERA). Dickey is 4-0 this season against the Marlins.

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