On his 26th birthday, Dillon Gee was asked once again to eat up some innings and give relief to an overworked bullpen. Unlike his previous start against the Giants, he threw seven effective innings against a great offensive ball club to earn his second win of the year, after throwing a career-high 116 pitches.
The middle of the lineup did most of the work in helping Gee secure the win last night, and it started in the second inning. After the Rockies struck first with a Troy Tulowitzki RBI fielder’s choice, David Wright led off the second with a single, followed by Lucas Duda‘s fourth home run of the season, giving Gee and New York a 2-1 lead. After throwing a goose egg in the bottom of the inning, Wright added to his career RBI mark with a run-scoring double, pushing Ruben Tejadaacross the plate.
Colorado made it look like deja vu all over again by scoring three runs off of Gee in the bottom of the fourth to take a 4-3 lead, but unlike the night before, the Met offense would be able to fight all the way back and re-take the lead. With two outs, Murphy and Tejada both singled in front of David Wright, who also singled, scoring Tejada. Wright then stole his first bag of the year, allowing him and Murphy to score on Duda’s single.
Gee’s night ended after seven strong innings, navigating himself in and out of trouble. He gave up seven hits, three earned runs, and two walks, but whiffed seven opposing hitters in his 116-pitch performance. After using five of their seven relievers in the first game of this series, it was crucial that Terry Collins got some length from his fifth starter, and he put together an outing that stopped the poor pitching performances before it spread like wild fire. Although he gave up a home run to Dexter Fowler, Frank Francisco shut the door for his fifth save of the year, improving the Mets to 12-9 on the season.
A night after banging out nine runs on 17 hits, the Mets put up seven more runs on 13 hits. Ruben Tejada, Daniel Murphy, and David Wright were in the thick of things with three hits each. Lucas Duda was the biggest offensive star, with his two hits producing four of the seven runs last night. After a slow start, Duda is heating up at the plate; he’s hitting .429 with eight RBI over his last six games, pushing his season average up to .260. Duda is a big part of the Mets offense, so it’s nice to see him starting to get back to his 2011 form. Ike Davis was in the lineup last night in the seven-spot, and did get a hit and walked in his four turns at-bat. If he can get on track while the rest of the lineup is having great at-bats, this team could go on a tear.
The win pulls the Mets’ road record back to .500 at 4-4, with their record in the last ten games at 5-5. Since the Nationals and Braves lost last night, New York was able to gain ground in the division; they are still in third place, but now only two games back.
Probable Pitchers today:
We have a good pitching match-up this afternoon as Johan Santana makes his Coors Field debut against 49-year-old Jamie Moyer. The first pitch is scheduled for 3:10pm, and New York’s ace is hoping to get his first win since 2010. He’s also hoping that the offense will actually score a run for him while he’s on the mound.