Queens, NY—-South Paw David Peterson pitched five plus strong inning with his wife expected to go into labor shortly with the couple’s first child, the New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 6-0 Monday afternoon at Citi Field despite losing Jeff McNeil to injury.
New York has now won 45 games this season, the most in the National League. Their .647 winning percentage is the second in the majors and is the best in the NL. The Mets have a 45-24 record through the team’s first 69 games. Only the 1986 (47-21) team posted a better record through the first 68 games of the season.
Peterson rebounded from his worst outing of the season. In his previous appearance, he got knocked out by the Brewers after allowing four earned runs over four innings.
Peterson hurled 5 1/3 innings with a season-high 7K’s on 100 pitches against the Marlins. He was locked in and a total different pitcher. He allowed six hits and two walks as the Metropolitan won the four-game series by finishing their 11th shutout this season, tying the Bronx Bombers for the major league lead.
McNeil left in the fourth inning with right hamstring tightness after scoring on a wild pitch.
NYM loaded the bases to start the game, but could only push one run across the plate, on Mark Canha’s walk. Brandon Nimmo doubled leading off before Starling Marte reached on Jon Berti’s fielding error and Francisco Lindor’s broken-bat infield single loaded the bases.
The Mets played small ball on their way to a 4-0 lead against Trevor Rogers (3-6) with two sacrifice flies, Canha’s bases-loaded walk and McNeil’s dash home. Rogers was charged with three earned runs over five innings with 7K’s.
Pete Alonso hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning that scored Nimmo, who had three hits in the game.
Peterson allowed a single and a walk with one out in the sixth inning before being relieved, and he walked off to a standing ovation. Adam Ottavino replaced Peterson with two on in the sixth and got an inning-ending double play from Jerar Encarnación.
Eduardo Escobar smashed a base hit in the eighth to bring in two runs. Escobar hit snapped an 0-for-23 drought — completed the scoring. Davis was hit by a pitch to begin the rally and Luis Guillorme singled.
The Marlins had plenty of opportunities, they put two runners on base in five of the six innings they faced Peterson, but the crafty lefty escaped each time unscathed.
The Mets improved to 16-3-2 in series this season. The shutout was the 11th this season by NYM.
Peterson won his race against the stork Monday, Peterson (who plans to return home to Denver for the arrival) he pitch like he was totally unfazed by all the baby stuff.