D'Arnaud homers in 16th, Mets beat Marlins 9-8

Apr 15, 2017, 00:48
D'Arnaud homers in 16th, Mets beat Marlins 9-8

Travis d'Arnaud blasted a solo home run in the 16th to see the Mets eventually overcome the Marlins 9-8.

The New York Mets and Miami Marlins basically played two different games in the same night, but it wasn't a doubleheader.

Volquez (0-1, 3.27 ERA) will go up against Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard, who throws more pitches between 95 and 100 miles per hour than anybody else in the game - and it is not even close. He hit his homer to left on the second pitch by Adam Conley (1-1), who had been scheduled to start on Friday but was used when the Marlins ran out of relievers.

NEW YORK - Aaron Hicks homered twice, including a go-ahead, two-run drive in the seventh inning, and New York beat Tampa Bay to move above.500 for the first time this season.

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Yu Darvish pitched seven scoreless innings and Carlos Gomez hit a leadoff homer in Texas' victory over Los Angeles. Miguel Rojas led off with a single and advanced on a sacrifice but was stranded by Hansel Robles (2-0), who pitched two scoreless innings as both managers exhausted their benches and bullpens. The call was overturned after a Marlins replay challenge, however. He is averaging 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings and has a 5.41 K's-to-walks ratio.

The Mets (7-3) lead the majors with 20 home runs, and lead the NL East standings.

Yoenis Cespedes appeared to have evaded the tag by A.J. Ellis to score on a Jay Bruce single off Kyle Barraclough despite a strong throw from Ozuna in left field.

Tonight's game started off with a bang, as the Marlins scored eight runs by the fifth inning, ending SP Robert Gsellman's night.

In addition, shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and second baseman Neil Walker each hit 23 homers last season, first baseman Lucas Duda hit 27 homers in 2015, and backup infielder Wilmer Flores hit 16 long balls a year ago.

As ESPN notes, that's 6 homers in the Mets first 10 games for Cespedes.

Marlins lefty Wei-Yin Chen allowed six earned runs on seven hits.

This rather hot stretch of 2017 from Cespedes should remind Mets fans of the spark plug performance that the Cuban slugger gave in 2015, following his trade to NY from the Detroit Tigers. It was continued success in this ballpark for Flores, who was 5-for-14 (.357) here last season in five games.

Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, who figures to start per usual, drills more tape-measure homers than anybody else in the game - and it is also not even close. Gsellman walked two in the first inning, and both scored on Ozuna's two-out grand slam.

The defending AL champions have lost five of six after sweeping Texas to begin the season and dropped to 4-5. He exited with a 7-6 lead but left-hander Josh Edgin gave up a double to Justin Bour to tie the game and Derek Dietrich plated another one two batters later.

Zimmermann (1-1) allowed five runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings, walking a career-high five.