On a team that is sorely depleted of starting pitchers, Mike Pelfrey needs to step up and become the leader of the starting rotation. He did not live up to that role tonight as he allowed all five runs the Marlins scored in 6 2/3 innings.
Pelfrey gave up 11 hits and five walks while only striking out two. He took his ninth loss of the season, evening up his win-loss record.
The Mets actually scored first in the second inning against Marlins starter Josh Johnson. Cory Sullivan scored on a Fernando Tatis double. Anderson Hernandez then singled in Tatis after Brian Schneider, who is an automatic out these days, grounded to the first baseman. Pelfrey then tried to sacrifice bunt but ended up hitting into an inning-ending double play.
The Marlins answered in the third when Cody Ross tripled, scoring two on two outs. Schneider also committed an error when he couldn’t catch a pop foul. The Marlins scored two more runs, again on two outs, when Ronny Paulino hit a home run.
The Mets scored their third and final run in the sixth inning after Daniel Murphy hit a double. He then moved to third on a throwing error and was brought home on a sacrifice fly by Sullivan.
For the second straight game, the Mets could not score against the Florida bullpen. The Marlins bullpen only allowed one hit and one walk in three innings tonight. Josh Johnson beat the Mets again and is still undefeated against them.
Tim Redding will face Anabel Sanchez Thursday afternoon.