NEW YORK -- The last time he was on the mound in this building Kevin Slowey left as the winning pitcher of a 20-inning, 6-hour and 25 minute marathon -- the longest game in Marlins history.
Slowey tossed seven shutout innings in relief, giving up eight hits while striking out eight from the 13th through the 19th innings. Tonight, he's back on the hill at Citi Field, trying to improve the Marlins' road record to 2-9 in his second start of the season.
"That was the longest game I've ever been a part of," Slowey said.
"We had been rained out earlier that series, the day before. They said go throw a bullpen down in the seventh. We'll figure you won't throw today. Obviously I got called back in the 12th. I remember they weren't clean innings. I remember each inning something was going on. It's nice to think back you were in a lot jams and were able to get out of them and were obviously able to win another game. It was neat. It was definitely and experience I'll never forget."
In his career, Slowey has gone 1-1 with a 4.26 ERA in four appearances (three starts) against the Mets. Aside from his stellar performance in that 20-inning game back on June 8th, Slowey tossed eight innings of one-run ball in a 2-1 Marlins win back on April 30th of last year.
Slotted to be the team's long reliever this season, Slowey is starting Saturday so the Marlins can rest their young starting rotation.
"For me, anytime I'm out there I want to fill the role they're asking me to fill," said Slowey, who has a 4.15 ERA, 10 strikeouts and four walks allowed over 17 1/3 innings of work this season. "Whether that's starting or relieving, I'm certainly not picky about the times I get to compete. For me every outing is important, every pitch I throw is important."
YELICH TALKS STREAK
Christian Yelich was more bummed about the Marlins' heart-breaking loss Friday night than his career-long 17-game hitting streak getting snapped.
"Now that it's over I'm not really anymore phased by it than when it started," said Yelich, who tied three others in the organization for the eight-longest hitting streak in club history. "Obviously I would have liked to get one [Friday] and help the team win. But I was more focused on getting hits, getting on base, helping my team win. That's the part I cared about more. Baseball is a hard game and it's hard to keep those going. It was a good run."
Yelich said the only time he would have cared about the streak was if he had closed in on Luis Castillo, who has the longest hitting streak in club history at 35 games. Yelich said he hit three balls hard Friday night during his 0-for-4 performance. The first ball, a hard ground ball third baseman David Wright wasn't able to handle, was scored as an error after it bounced off his foot.
"The first one it's kind of I don't know. I'm not going to say anything about that," Yelich said. "Then you have the fly out and the one I squared up in the last inning [a hard ground to second base] just right at him. That's why it's so hard to keep those thing going.
"I said earlier you could line out four times and there goes your streak. Or you could tap a ball five feet and there's your hit. Baseball is a funny game and that's why those things are so tough."
> Marlins (10-13): 1. Christian Yelich LF, 2. Marcell Ozuna CF, 3. Giancarlo Stanton RF, 4. Casey McGehee 3B, 5. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C, 6. Garrett Jones 1B, 7. Derek Dietrich 2B, 8. Adeiny Hechavarria SS, 9. Kevin Slowey RHP.