MIAMI – Corey Oswalt would need to wear glitter on his uniform to be considered conspicuous, but the novice right-hander gets enough outs to keep the mets confident that he can adjust that rotation in any way.
Saturday night he was far from the game when Bryan Holaday delivered a walk-off RBI double against Jacob Rhame in the 11th inning, earning the Marlins a 4: 3 win over the Mets. But Oswalt's positives outweighed disappointments from a patchy lineup that had spat throughout most of the season.
Oswalt kept the Mets competitive by allowing three earned runs in six hits and a run of six innings. It was a fifth start in a row, in which the beginner right-handed allowed three runs or less and lasted at least five innings.
In his last six starts, Oswalt had risen to a 3.94 ERA, mostly for Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz. But Syndergaard has returned to rotation after a disabled list stint, and Matz will resume after two missed arm-start launches. Everything indicates that manager Mickey Callaway will now use a six-headed rotation that involves Oswalt to keep everyone fresh.
"As long as [Oswalt] continues to be earned, we need to think about it," Callaway said. Refers to the extended rotation.
A defensive error could have sabotaged Oswalt's shot at victory. In fourth hesitation, the bowler was reluctant to place Brian Anderson's comebacker in second place, and the delay cost the Mets an inning-ending double play. The Marlins followed with two runs in the inning.
Oswalt said he got confused when Jeff McNeil moved to second base after the Anderson comeback; Amed Rosario should be the target. Oswalt finally threw Rosario after hesitating.
"It was just a little misunderstanding," said Oswalt. "I should have just thrown it."
The Mets scored the last seven innings without scoring, barely threatening the Marlins. The best chance came in the 1
Rhame stepped in after two scoreless innings in relief from Tyler Bashlor and allowed a lead-off single to Miguel Rojas in the 11th. A victim-maker moved the runner before Holagay finished it.
J.T. Realmuto's RBI single in the fifth against Oswalt had tied it 3-3. Rafael Ortega drew a two-way walk to expand the inning.
Todd Frazier tore a base-charged double against Dan Straily in the third, scoring all three runners. Nimmo's walk was a key game in the inning after record referee Ed Hickox missed a third blow. Flores redoubled to start the rally before Conforto and Brandon Nimmo left in succession.