It seems that Dillon Gee’s kryptonite is the Philadelphia Phillies. Coming into Saturday night, Gee had a 7.46 ERA in his nine career starts against the Phillies. Tonight was no different as the Phillies got on the board first with a Chase Utley sac fly. Ryan Howard continued his dominance of Gee with a double of his own. Dominic Brown added another run with a single that dropped in between Juan Lagares and Daniel Murphy.
In the bottom of the first, David Wright ended the longest home-run drought of his career with a game tying two run home run.
Jimmy Rollins put the Phillies back in front with a home run of his own in the top of the second, one that bounced off of the Pepsi Porch sign.
After a Juan Lagares walk and a Daniel Murphy single, David Wright hit a pop fly double that a diving Marlon Byrd could not handle that tied the game at three.
After a bad fielding decision by Eric Campbell and a wild pitch by Scott Rice, Chase Utley brought home Jimmy Rollins with a RBI double that tied the game at four.
The Mets led off the 8th with back to back singles by David Wright and Curtis Granderson. Chris Young sacrificed them into scoring position with his first sacrifice since 2011. After an interesting sequence where Eric Campbell struck out, Wilmer Flores drew a walk to load the bases. Bobby Abreu was brought on as a pinch hitter for Travis d’Arnaud, but he grounded back to the pitcher Mike Adams to end the inning.
After a Jimmy Rollins walk, a Chase Utley single and a Ryan Howard single the Phillies took back the led in the top of the 9th. All three events happened with two outs.
Jonathan Papelbon came on and got the save in the 9th.
Dillon Gee did not get out to the hot start, but finished strong. On 81 pitches Gee went six innings allowing three runs on six hits with one walk and one strike out.
Gee’s problems against the Phillies have been well documented in the past, but he battled tonight and gave the Mets six solid innings.
Terry Collins made a number of interesting managerial decisions tonight. He pulled Gee after only 81 pitches. He sent Chris Young up there to sacrifice and then he pinch hit for Travis d’Arnaud in a key spot.
David Wright had a three hit game tonight, including that huge home run in the first. That is a huge weight off of his shoulders and he should be able to relax and focus on doing what he does best.
Eric Campbell had an interesting night. His first major league at-bat put the Mets in front, but it was his second at bat that has everybody talking. With Flores behind Campbell the Phillies looked to be intentionally walking Campbell. They threw the first ball, then after a meeting at the mound between Mike Adams, Carlos Ruiz and Chase Utley, they pitched to Campbell and struck him out.
The offense showed signs of life tonight for the Mets but they need everyone to be firing at the same time. Wright seems to be heating up, but Lagares is struggling and Granderson is starting to make progress. They can’t rely on the rotation for every game; the offense needs to turns things around before it all spirals out of control.