Marlins, Mets play 20-inning game in New York

Andy Marlin

In a battle of inept offenses, the Mets were a little worse. This, it turns out, is nothing new for New York.

The game between the Miami Marlins and New York Mets on Sunday wasn't exactly ... action-packed. After the Mets' Juan Lagares drove in Ike Davis with a double in the second inning and Chris Coghlan hit a sacrifice fly to score Derek Dietrich in the fourth for the Marlins, the scoring just outright stopped.

And it stayed stopped for a loooong time.

Nobody would score for another 15 innings until Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria knocked in Placido Polanco in the 20th with a single off Mets reliever Shaun Marcum. The Mets' bats remained silent in the bottom half of the inning, mercifully putting the game to an end with a 2-1 Miami victory.

It was the longest Mets home game since the Amazins hosted the Cardinals in 1974, ESPN Stats and Info reported.

It was actually the fifth time the Mets played at least 20 innings. The Mets' Twitter account reports the others, besides 1974, happened in 1964, 1968 and 2010 -- that year being the most recent 20-inning game in MLB as well.

Marcum finished the day at eight innings and 105 pitches. How rare is that?

Let's talk futility: The Mets left 22 runners on base and went 0-for-19 with runners in scoring position. When the Marlins were in scoring position in the 20th, it was the first time in 10 innings that they'd been so.

Everyone who batted at least five times got at least one hit, though there were a few 0-for-4s in the box score. Two guys whose batting averages took downward turns were the Mets' Omar Quintanilla and Daniel Murphy, who both went 1-for-9.

The last time starting pitchers Jose Fernandez and Matt Harvey dueled was on April 29. That game went a (paltry in comparison) 15 innings before the Mets put their third point up in the top of the inning and the Marlins answered back with two in the bottom of said inning to win it, 4-3.

But there's always a critic, right?

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