The New York Mets had an up and down night in Miami, Juan Lagares returned and Tim Tebow impressed in the minors.
Robert Gsellman got lit up for eight runs in 4.2 innings, but the New York Mets fought back against the Marlins in a very back-and-forth game.
The Mets found themselves down four runs coming out of the first inning, and they came right back. Travis d’Arnaud batted three runs in on a triple, for the second time in his career, and Curtis Granderson tied the game at 4-4.
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The Marlins chipped away and eventually took an 8-7 lead, only to have the up-and-coming Michael Conforto tie the game once more at 8-8.
The Mets were entering dangerous territory as the game stretched on. Very well aware of his teams shortcomings in the bullpen, manager Terry Collins did not want to go past Josh Smoker on the night. Smoker saw two innings, and pitched lights out, striking out four to keep the Mets alive.
d’Arnaud lifted the Mets over the Marlins in the top of the 16th with a solo home run, bringing him his first-career four-hit game. Despite pitching in his fourth consecutive game, Hansel Robles closed out the game for the Mets and they hung on to win 9-8.
The series continues tonight at 7:10 p.m. in Miami, with Noah Syndergaard on the mound.
Juan Lagares Is Back
The Mets activated OF Juan Lagares off the DL yesterday and he played in Miami last night in his first game back.
There were some questions brewing around the status of Conforto, whom fans did not want to see get sent down. Conforto has been playing well in the Mets first 10 games of the season, and he had the tying hit last night.
Tim Tebow has been playing well, and has a good chance to pan out well in the MLB. But don’t take our word for it, as TMZ obtained a clip of minor league manager Jose Leger singing praises about the former Heisman trophy winner.
“He’s the leader on the team already,” Leger Said.
Tebow’s mission to play baseball continues, and it seems to be taking an interesting turn. Tebow has two home runs and five RBIs in 20 at-bats with the Columbia Fireflies.