“Fastball, belt-high over the middle of the plate: Those usually get hit pretty well,” Reed said. “He didn’t miss it.”
It was a climactic end to a game loaded with drama. Dan Straily, a 28-year-old right-hander playing for his fifth major league team, did not surrender a hit through his five and one-third innings.
The Mets’ Matt Harvey also pitched well in his third start of the season. His command was solid and his velocity strong again — another positive sign in his return from surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome last July. And the hamstring cramps that forced him to leave his previous start early were not an issue.
Harvey struck out five and surrendered two runs on small mistakes that were magnified by a Mets lineup that could not solve Straily beyond drawing five walks.
But after Straily reached 93 pitches by issuing consecutive free passes to Walker and Yoenis Cespedes in the sixth inning, Marlins Manager Don Mattingly pulled him with a one-run lead.
Straily exited to applause from the home crowd, and the Marlins’ talented bullpen took over. Jarlin Garcia finished the sixth inning, and Kyle Barraclough fired a…