Justin Turner Comes Through Late, Mets Beat Dodgers 4-2

An article by posted on May 8, 2011

The Mets were keeping pace with the Dodgers during the entire game.  They would score a run here, and the Mets would score a run there.  Dillon Gee allowed for the Mets to keep pace, but it took a late game hit by Justin Turner, to decide the game.  The Mets went on the win, 4-2. 

Game Notes

Chris Young was originally the starter for the Mets tonight, but was scratched due to the fact that he was not getting loose enough in the bullpen.  It was later learned that Young had stiffness in his right shoulder.  In his place, Dillon Gee was named the starter.  He would not disappoint. 

Dillon Gee would only give up 2 runs, in 5 and 1/3 innings pitched.  After 3 starts, Gee is 2-0, with a 2.65 ERA.  After the game, he mentioned that he was told to be ready to start, in case Young could not go as planned.  Also, Gee said that he was lucky to only give up 2 runs because his stuff just wasn’t there. 

Jose Reyes continues to hit.  He was 2 for 5.  He has his fifth multi-hit game, which is tops in the Majors.  But, he had issues on the base paths, and was picked off late in the game. 

Jason Pridie also came through for the Mets as he collected 3 hits, and pulled off a sacrificed bunt that would set up the game winning hit by Justin Turner.  With Jason Bay, and Ike Davis on base, Turner would hit a long (400 foot) 2-run pinch hit to centerfield, which would give the Mets the win. 

K-Rod has been coming into games, and hitters would be getting on base.  That wasn’t the case tonight, as he would throw his 1st 1-2-3 inning of the season, and collect his 9th save of the season. 

Coming into the game, Andre Ethier was on a 30-game hit streak.  Ethier got a hit against the Mets on Friday night, but the Mets would get revenge by shutting him down, and thus ending his 30-game hit streak.  If you want to read more on Ethier’s streak being snapped, read what my colleague Hojo’s Mojo had to say about it.  

Turning Point

Justin Turner’s 2-run pinch hit single in the 8th inning, was the hit that put the game away. 

Game Ball

For the 2nd straight day in a row, Jason Pridie came through with key plays. Last night he hit a 3-run homer, but tonight, he pulled a sacrificed bunt that led to Justin Turner’s 2-run pinch hit single.   

On Deck

The Mets go for the sweep against the Dodgers, as LA sends out their ace Clayton Kershaw, against R.A. Dickey.  The first pitch starts at 1:10 PM ET, and can be watched on SNY. 

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