MIAMI — Miami Marlins rookie right-handed pitcher Eury Perez struggled through an abbreviated start and the group of five relievers that followed him collectively didn’t fare much better in a 8-3 loss to the New York Mets on Wednesday at loanDepot park.
The Marlins (79-74) dropped the three-game series to the Mets (71-81). Miami dropped the series opener, 2-1, on Monday before winning 4-3 in walk-off fashion on Tuesday.
Perez lasted just three innings Wednesday, giving up three runs (two earned runs) on three hits and three walks while striking out two.
After Perez worked out of a two-on, no-out jam in the first inning, the Mets opened scoring with a Mark Vientos solo home run in the second and then scored two more runs against Perez in a six-batter, 31-pitch third inning that also included a pair of errors by the defense behind Perez (more on that in a minute).
The Mets hit three more home runs against the Marlins’ bullpen, with Vientos hitting his second home run of the game in the sixth inning against George Soriano, Brett Baty going deep in the eighth against Johnny Cueto and Brandon Nimmo hitting a home run of his own in the ninth against Cueto.
New York also scored two runs in the seventh inning on a Pete Alonso RBI single against Soriano and a Francisco Lindor RBI groundout against David Robertson.
Here are three takeaways from the game.
Is Perez fading down the stretch?
After Perez’s previous outing against the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday, he mentioned how he felt tired during the outing as he battled through 4 2/3 innings of work.
It’s understandable why that would be the case. With each pitch Perez throws, the 20-year-old is creeping deeper into uncharted territory. He has thrown nearly twice as many innings this year as he has in either of his first two innings of professional baseball.
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