The Mets offense jumped on Nationals starting Chien Ming Wang early, and Dillon Gee pitched a quality game in their 8-5 win.
Dillon Gee was on point today, and without one defensive miscue may have only allowed one run for his entire outing. Gee went six and two third innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits, walking four and striking out five. Gee was a little wild, hitting two batters but could’ve gotten out of the seventh if not for a Daniel Murphy misplay on a double play ball. He was obviously gassed at the end of the sixth, but Terry Collins left him out their to gut it out and build his character.
The bullpen by committee today saw Ryota Igarashi to come out and clean up Gee’s mess by getting a deep fly ball to close the seventh. Bobby Parnell came out for the eighth and allowed two runs on three hits in one-third of an inning. Parnell had trouble locating his fastball today, and had two hit right back up the box. Tim Byrdak came out to get a lefty out, and promptly allowed two singles, allowing one of Parnell’s runners to score. D.J. Carrasco uncharacteristically came out to finish off the eighth and struck out Danny Espinosa and got Ryan Zimmerman on a check swing third strike. This might have been the best Carrasco has looked, and he didn’t dissapoint.
Izzy came out for the ninth, and struck out one in one inning of work, notching his fifth save on the year.
The offense today just exploded on Chien Ming Wang, making his first start in quite some time. Wang had no control, but the Mets manufactured four runs and got the last out of the inning on a baserunning play. The Mets put across two more runs in both the fourth and the sixth innings of the game. The Mets as a team have been piling on the hits, as they hit double digits in hits again with twelve.
Mets only struck out three times – two by Dillon Gee.
Ronny Paulino – 3 for 4 with two runs and an RBI. Paulino has been hitting both righties and lefties lately, and has been the much better catching option from an offensive standpoint
Lucas Duda only Met starter without a hit, but still had a run and an RBI.
David Wright – 2 for 4, but hit the ball hard everytime and was robbed of a sure-double against the wall by Rick Ankiel.
The first inning for the Mets. When you set the pace with four runs and run yourself out of the inning, the game becomes much easier
Jose Reyes – 1 for 3 with two RBI, a walk and a run scored. Jose doesn’t only have to run wild on the bases to make a difference.
The Mets will look to keep the five game winning streak alive, facing Jason Marquis and the Nationals again. R.A. Dickey will start for the Mets, and game time is 7:10 P.M.