Miami Marlins

Marlins make little noise in Big Apple, losing quietly to Mets

Miami Marlins' Elieser Hernandez delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets Monday, May 21, 2018, in New York.
Miami Marlins' Elieser Hernandez delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets Monday, May 21, 2018, in New York. AP

From dramatic to dull.

That summed up the 24-hour baseball cycle of the Marlins. One day after absorbing a meltdown loss in Atlanta, they showed up flat against the Mets on Monday at Citi Field, losing 2-0.

It was a far cry from Sunday's setback when the lineup produced one of its best offensive showings of the season. On Monday, though, the bats were dead, mustering only five total hits.

It wasn't like they were facing Noah Syndergaard or Jacob deGrom, either.

The Mets sent out 35-year-old journeyman Jason Vargas, who had allowed 19 runs on 26 hits and seven walks in his three initial Mets starts totaling 12 innings, and who was pitching for the first time since May 8.

The Marlins looked helpless against him.

Vargas worked five scoreless innings in which he scattered a pair of singles and struck out seven.

"We didn't do a lot," said manager Don Mattingly. "We couldn't break through."

Marlins rookie starter Elisier Hernandez didn’t do a whole lot worse.

Hernandez, one of the Marlins’ two Rule 5 draft selections in December, gave up a third-inning run on Asdrubel Cabrera’s two-out double before coming out after the fifth. It was the second straight respectable start for Hernandez.

"He looked pretty good," Mattingly said. "He attacks. He's always coming after you. Doesn't matter who you are, he's coming to get you. He's doing a nice job."

Especially considering Hernandez said he was dealing with cold symptoms on Monday.

The Mets' other run was unearned, coming after Martin Prado's fielding error in the seventh.

The Marlins threatened only twice, once in the sixth when Derek Dietrich struck out with the bases loaded and again in the eighth when Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo made a diving catch on Brian Anderson's inning-ending liner with a man on third.

One of the few bright spots Monday for the Marlins was Adam Conley, who was brought out of the bullpen to pitch the six. Conley's fastball touched 96, a noticeable improvement over last year.

Mattingly said Conley made mechanical changes while in the minors.

"That was good to see tonight for us," Mattingly said. "That guy, with that (arm) angle, could be a valuable piece for his moving forward in either role (relief or starting)."

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