Alcántara’s impressive shutout sweeps the Mets

Sandy Alcántara needed only 89 pitches to throw nine shutout innings and complete the sweep for the Miami Marlins against the New York Mets.

Alcántara only allowed two base hits (soft liners) by J.D. Davis and only one runner reached second base, because of his own error in the eight after a chopper hit right to him that caught Starlin Castro in between him and Miguel Rojas.
The very next hitter swung at the pitch Sandy and Chris Wallach wanted and grounded into the third double play of the night for Alcántara.

That was the only hiccup of his outing, which reminded the few fans that still follow the team how much fun is to sweep a series.

This was his first career complete game and, of course, the best outing of his career so far.

Sandy struck out eight batters, and lowered his ERA to 4.25, winning his second game of the season, to bring the Marlins’ record to 13-31.

Just enough for Alcántara and López

The Marlins were productive enough with the few hits they got Saturday and Sunday.

Two runs for Pablo López, who was also impressive after getting drilled a week ago by the same team in New York, and three for Sandy to complete the job.

Rosell Herrera, who got to start in center field after Berti was scratched out of the lineup an hour before the game, started things in the sixth inning with a double and then scored when Granderson hit into a double play.

The second run came thanks to Neil Walker’s double, and a great slide to avoid Nido’s tag at the plate after a Miguel Rojas fly ball to short center field.

Just enough for Alcántara, who got his third insurance run thanks to another Carlos-Peña-like journey by Curtis Granderson.

Great pitching backing clutch hitting

Friday night’s laser show against Jacob DeGrom after getting shutout twice by the Tampa Rays got Trevor Richards his first win of the year, after several great outings that didn’t reward him.

Nick Anderson couldn’t do his job, but Sergio Romo came back again and pitched two great innings to get the save and cut the losing streak in seven.

On Saturday we saw Pablo López going back to it, making adjustments and dominating an offense that hit him at ease on his previous outing.

Berti’s homer leading off and Brian Anderson’s clutch RBI with two outs in the third were the only support the Marlins needed that day.

Pablo López allowed a double to open the game, and that was the only hit the Mets had against him, Tyron Guerrero and Adam Conley.

On Sunday, Sandy Alcántara did even better, allowing just two hits and getting it done all by himself.

Three hits in eighteen innings against hitters like Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, Wilson Ramos, and Robinson Canó is just very impressive.

The Marlins scored only five runs with eleven hits between those two games, but that’s what great pitching and defense do. Hide those bad spots.

Now they’ll be traveling to Detroit and Washington, two teams way under .500, to play seven games on the road.

Caleb Smith is the first one in line to pitch. You all know what that means…

Was this Callaway’s last call?

The Mets got to Miami with a 20-22 record thinking about sweeping to try to get back to the race in the National League east.

However, everything went south.

Jacob DeGrom was ambushed by the worst offense in baseball and the late comeback wasn’t enough to get the Mets a win in the first game of the season.

Then, they only had three hits in games two and three of the series.

Mickey Callaway is in a hot spot in New York now. After all, getting swept by the worst time in baseball is never positive.


Enjoy our Marlins coverage listening to Swings and Mishes and Cinco Razones Podcast, and sometimes, The Flagship, since they now care about the fish

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