Wednesday September 28th 2016: After an emotional series in Miami where the Marlins (and Mets) paid tribute to Jose Fernandez who lost his life in a boating accident earlier this week, the Mets attended to business.
They took two of three from the Marlins, eliminating them from playoff contention as well. Seth Lugo earned his fifth straight win, Jeurys Familia earned his 50th save, the most ever by a Dominican pitcher, Jay Bruce is hitting HRs as well as driving in runs & most important the Mets are atop the wild card position in the NL. With three games left to play & four days left in the regular season the Mets magic number is down to two for clinching the wild card spot.
In the 1st inning, the Marlins Martin Prado hit a two run HR off Seth Lugo, but it would be all the runs Mets pitching would allow on the night. Lugo went into the 6th inning but after giving up a base hit, Terry Collins yanked him.
The Mets relief corps. of Hansel Robles, Fernando Salas got to the Addison Reed 8th & Jeurys Familia 9th as the two combined for another hold & save. Familia shattering the Mets record for single season saves, now at 50.
In the top of the 2nd. TJ Rivera doubled & James Loney back in the line up, homered to right field, his 8th of the year. In the 4th, Lugo helped his own cause with a double & then came in on Jose Reyes double, making it 3-0.
In the 5th, the all of a sudden, hot hitting Jay Bruce hit his third HR in five games, his 32nd of the year capping off the 5-2 Mets win. Bruce is now just four runs shy of 100 RBIs.
Quotes: Jay Bruce- "If we win, we'll be fine, We can't worry about what everyone else is doing or anything like that. It's just, play baseball. And we've been doing a good job of it. Everybody's been doing their part."
This win came off a big win on Tuesday where Noah Syndergaard won his 14th games as the Mets scored 12 runs. HRs by Yoenis Cespedes & Jay Bruce led the way as Lucas Duda & Curtis Granderson as each drove in three runs as well.
The Cardinals & Giants both lost helping the Mets in the top wild card lead.