NEW YORK — When baseball experts talk about the Marlins’ young, talented pitching staff, names like Sandy Alcantara and Sixto Sánchez are the first to roll off the tongue. But don’t forget to mention left-hander Trevor Rogers, who was dealing on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field as the Marlins blanked the Mets, 3-0.
At first, it looked like it would be a short day for Rogers. In the first inning, the Mets had runners on first and third with no outs. However, he was able to get out of the jam when catcher Chad Wallach threw out Francisco Lindor trying to steal second base. Rogers then struck out Michael Conforto and Pete Alonso to end the inning.
Rogers cruised during the next four innings, at one point retiring nine consecutive hitters. But Rogers felt the heat in his final inning when New York had runners on first and second with no outs in the bottom of the sixth. Rogers was able to get out of the inning when Lindor flied out to center fielder Starling Marte, while Conforto and Alonso struck out to end the threat.
Rogers notched his first victory of the season thanks to Jazz Chisholm Jr., who hit a monster home run off Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom in the second inning. The Marlins added to their lead in the ninth inning off Mets closer Edwin Díaz when Marte scored on a single by Jesús Aguilar and Miguel Rojas added an RBI knock.