The Mets and Reds met Saturday afternoon, where the Mets looked to follow up their first act performance Friday night. Instead of a follow up offensive explosion, a pitchers duel between Johnny Cueto and Dillon Gee carried the way through the first seven innings.
After a Travis d’Arnaud leadoff double in the second, Dilson Herrera added another RBI to his stat sheet giving the Mets an early lead.
The Mets had a chance to bust the game wide open in the 6th with the bases loaded and Dilson Herrera at the plate, but a Herrera strikeout ended the inning and kept the Reds within striking distance.
It wouldn’t take long for the Reds to capitalize on that, as Todd Fraizer tied the game with a solo home-run in the bottom of the sixth.
Just as it looked like Gee was going to match Cueto in the 7th, pinch hitter Chris Heisey put the Reds in front with a two-out solo home-run.
In the 9th, Curtis Granderson was able to keep the Mets alive with a single and Eric Young was brought on to run for him. With Dilson Herrera up, Eric Young stole second to put the tying run in scoring position. Herrera walked, bring up Wilmer Flores.
With Flores up, the Mets attempted a double steal. The original call was that Young was safe at second, upon further review Young over slid the bag and was tagged out leaving the Mets with Herrera at 2nd with two outs and Flores up.
Flores, after working a long at-bat, was able to draw a walk bringing up Eric Campbell as a pinch hitter. Campbell couldn’t keep the game going, falling victim to Aroldis Chapman to end the game.
Dillon Gee’s final line was: 7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 6 SO, 1 BB on 104 pitches.
What a tough game to lose today. Dillon Gee pitched very well but fell victim to two timely Reds home-runs. It’s been his Achilles heel this season, and it’s kept him from being the pitcher we all know he can be.
The 9th inning is a heart breaker for Mets fans. It felt like they were going to tie it but a base-running blunder by Eric Young seemed to just take the sails out of the comeback. Young might have been pushed off, but it’s so hard to use replay to judge that.
There are some good things to take away from this. Herrera, Flores, Travis d’Arnaud and Lucas Duda all are showing promise as hitters. That’s only a good thing for the future of the Mets.
It’s nice to see some fight left in this team, not giving up and trying to earn every victory they can get.
Player of the Game: Johnny Cueto of the Reds, who absolutely dominated the Mets for seven innings.
The Mets and Reds continue their series tomorrow with Zack Wheeler going against Mat Latos.