The Mets dropped the series opener to the Marlins 4-3 tonight. It was one pitch and one swing of the bat that decided this game in the Marlins favor when Bour took Harvey out to right, slicing one just around the foul pole for a 3-run home run. The Mets were able to get to Haren, but not often enough and yet again Harvey pitched well enough to earn a win, but was left with a loss.
Matt Harvey (5-3, 3.11) came out of the gates like a man on a mission. He quickly dismissed the talk of a dead arm as he struck out the side and 5 of the first 6 sitting at 98 on the radar gun. He sat down the first nine Marlins before running into trouble in the 4th inning. After a leadoff single and a walk, The Dark Knight retired Stanton and I truly felt he would escape the inning unscathed, but boy was I wrong. Harvey appeared to throw a slider to Justin Bour that was supposed to be outside but crept onto the inner half of the plate towards the sweet spot for a lefty and the ball curved around the right field foul pole for 3 runs and all the Marlins would really need to walk away with a victory. Harvey finished with 11 strikeouts over 8 innings.
Lucas Duda continued his hot hitting streak as he smashed his 9th home run of the season, another no doubter to right field. With tonight’s shot, Duda now has 5 homers in his last 6 games and has been the lone bright spot for the Mets offense for the bulk of the season. With each passing day, Duda is looking smarter and smarter for holding off on contract talks as he is setting himself up to cash in quite nicely when the time comes.