Dillon Gee dominated until the eighth inning, when Wilson Betemit helped the Orioles get on the board for the first time in the series, but their late runs weren’t enough to avoid the sweep at the hands of the Mets. New York almost shut out Baltimore for three straight games, and they are the only team in the MLB to have three different streaks of 20 or more scoreless innings.
Mets Offensive Highlights:
The Mets were able to get a rare win tonight against a southpaw pitcher, and it took them until the fourth inning to mount a scoring rally against Brian Matusz. Scott Hairston led off the inning with a double and Vinny Rottino moved him to third with one out. Ike Davis couldn’t drive him in, but Justin Turner kept the inning alive with a good at-bat, drawing a walk. Mike Nickeas then hit a liner to center that Adam Jones couldn’t catch on a dive, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Amazins came right back in the next inning, with Jordany Valdespin and David Wrightreaching on singles, then Hairston driving one in with a ground rule double. After an intentional walk to Rottino, Davis grounded into a force out,
extending the lead to three runs. In the sixth, Gee doubled for the second time this year, followed by an Andres Torres walk. David Wright capped the scoring with an RBI ground rule double of his own. Wright (3) and Hairston (2) were the only two Mets to register multi-hit games last night.
Orioles Offensive Highlights:
Baltimore did put three runs on the board last night in the late innings, but it was too little too late to salvage the finale of this three-game set. Nick Johnson did collect two hits on the night, but it was Wilson Betemit who had the biggest blow for the O’s homering behind a Johnson single. That eventually ended the night for Gee, and Parnell shut them down for the rest of the inning. Showalter and his club tried to tie it in the ninth off Frank Francisco, as he walked Steve Pearce with the bases loaded to cut the lead to one, but that was as close as the Orioles would get.
Dillon Gee was brilliant last night, throwing 7.1 innings of most scoreless ball, giving up 3 hits, 2 walks, and 2 runs, while tying his career-high with 9 strikeouts. Parnell got his 14th hold of the season, and Francisco came in to make it interesting in the ninth, but ended up shutting the door for his 17th save.
Brian Matusz struggled through 4.2 innings, as the Mets made him throw 93 pitches. He gave up 7 hits, 2 walks, and 3 runs on 2 strikeouts. Luis Ayala came in and gave up another run, while Pedro Strop and Jim Johnson entered the game and kept the Mets scoreless.
Jordany Valdespin got at least one hit in his third straight game, raising his average to .224 from .174 over this past week. Ike Davis went hitless for his second straight game, dropping his average to .190. David Wright continues his domination of the league, registering three more hits and bumping his average to .358 and is behind only Joey Votto and Melky Cabrera in the NL batting race.
The Mets are enjoying their 5th sweep of the year, improving their season record to 38-32. Everyone in the NL East won last night except for the Marlins, keeping New York three games out of first, and still in second place.
Probable Pitchers Friday:
The Amazins have the day off today as they will be resting while the Yankees travel back to New York for the second installment of the Subway Series at Citi Field. The first game will be a re-match of the finale in the last series, as Jonathon Niese (4-3, 3.82 ERA) will once again face off against Andy Pettitte (3-2, 2.77 ERA). First pitch in Flushing is scheduled for 7:10pm.