Mets drop series finale as Gee gets roughed up in return
The Mets (29-25) dropped the final game of a three-game series against the San Diego Padres (27-28) on a score of 7-3.
Dillon Gee returned from his stint on the disabled list, but was lit up in his four innings of work.
The evening didn’t start well for Dillon Gee and the Mets. In his first inning back from his one-month long absence, Gee gave up two runs in the first inning, giving the Padres a quick, 2-0 lead.
After recovering in the two subsequent innings, Gee faced more trouble in the fourth inning, by giving up an additional two runs to the Padres.
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The wheels fell apart for Gee in the fifth inning as he allowed a run off his own throwing error, followed by a two-run single off the bat of Will Middlebrooks. Gee was then taken out of the game and replaced by Jake Leathersich, who threw a scoreless inning.
With the Mets facing a steep hill to climb, they managed to score one run in the top of the sixth inning as the scorching, hot Ruben Tejada doubled in Curtis Granderson to reduce the lead to 7-1.
Erik Goeddel replaced Leathersich in the bottom of the sixth and also tossed a scoreless frame.
In the top of the seventh, Anthony Recker drove in Wilmer Flores with a single to centerfield to cut the Padres lead to 7-2. With Recker on first, the struggling Eric Campbell came up and grounded into a double play.
Sean Gilmartin relieved Goeddel in the bottom of the seventh and also pitched two scoreless innings.
Things got a bit dicey in the top of the ninth. With two outs and the Mets down by a score of 7-2, Anthony Recker reached base on an error. Then, Kevin Plawecki pinched hit and smacked a double to right field scoring Recker.
The score was now 7-3 when Curtis Granderson reached base on his second walk of the game. Tejada came up to the plate and follwed with his third hit of the ball game to put the bases loaded.
Lucas Duda came up to the plate and looked to tie the game with one, big swing off his bat. However, he grounded out to second, ending the game.
- Dillon Gee had a tough night at Petco Park. He didn’t look dominant at all and allowed multiple hard-hit balls. He finished the night throwing four innings, allowing seven runs (four earned) and eight hits.
- Ruben Tejada continues to rake. The newly anointed third baseman raised his average to .310 after going 3-for-5 at the plate. Tejada has hit in six straight games, which included five multi-hit games, and will continue to start at the hot corner until further notice.
- The Mets bullpen was rather solid tonight, with three pitchers tossing scoreless innings to give the Mets a chance to catch up in this ballgame.
- Eric Campbell pinched hit, but went 0-for-1. He hasn’t had a hit since May 18 against the Cardinals.
All season long, Dillon Gee has failed to impress anyone at the major league level and it’s completely baffling that the Mets continue to toss Gee out on the mound. With Steven Matz shutting down the Pacific Coast League, Mets fans could do nothing but shake their heads at what could be happening in the majors.
Gee isn’t anything more than a fourth or fifth starter on a decent team and with the arms that the Mets have in Las Vegas, he shouldn’t be here any longer.
Now, in terms of the game being played tonight, the Mets had their chances to capitalize with runners on base, but couldn’t quite get the friendly base knock.
The inconsistency rolls on for the Mets and it’s only a matter of time before the bats start clicking or the pitchers start pitching.
Hopefully this whole “six-man rotation experiment” will end rather soon and Sandy dials Steven Matz number and welcomes him to the show.
The Metropolitans will head to Arizona to begin a four-game set with the Diamondbacks.
Matt Harvey will take to the mound opposed by Jeremy Hellickson with the first pitch scheduled for 9:40 p.m.