The Yoenis Cespedes-less Mets just keep on scoring.
The injury-laden lineup delivered seven or more runs for the fifth straight game in Saturday night’s lopsided 11-3 win in Queens.
Granted, the Mets did have more than their fair share from the Marlins, who were awfully sloppy on a wet night at Citi Field.
As in, three errors, seven walks issued, two hit batsmen, a wild pitch and a passed ball kind of sloppy. It was that bad. The scoreboard doesn’t even incorporate plays like a booted grounder by Martin Prado in the seventh inning that could have resulted in an inning-ending double-play but instead garnered just an out a run for the Mets.
It wasn’t all good news for the Mets, however, as they picked up another injury. Asdrubal Cabrera left the game in the third inning with a left thumb injury.
Robert Gsellman wasn’t particularly sharp — he allowed three earned runs on eight hits with just two strikeouts over five innings — but was plenty good enough to out-duel Odrisamer Despaigne.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Marcell Ozuna’s bomb off of Robert Gsellman in the fifth. It came in a losing effort, but Ozuna smoked an 84.5 mile per hour changeup on the inside edge of the plate 426 feet into left center field.
The five-spot the Mets dropped on the Marlins in the first inning. Conforto started it off by reaching on an error before Asdrubal Cabrera and Jay Bruce hit back-to-back doubles. Then Curtis Granderson walked, T.J. Rivera was walked and Jose Reyes hit a single. A sac fly from Kevin Plawecki and a Conforto walk drove in the final two runs of the inning.
STAR OF THE GAME
Jay Bruce. The former Red, who is off to a nice start this season, hit two doubles and drove in three runs.
STAT OF THE DAY
The Mets batted around twice despite picking up just five hits between the two innings.
The Mets’ hitters patience. Sure, the Marlins were all over the place Saturday, but the lineup deserves credit for working the count and earning seven walks. It paid off.
The Marlins’ defense. Maybe they can chalk this one up to the rain that caused a 39-minute delay in the third inning, but it wasn’t pretty.
The series finale features Matt Harvey taking on Jose Urena.