Game Recap: Reyes Return Ignites Offense, Izzy Notches Save In 4-2 Win

An article by posted on July 20, 2011

The return of Jose Reyes and big hits from Daniel Murphy and Angel Pagan, in addition to a great start from Dillon Gee secured the Mets a win, 4-2 against the Cardinals

Game Notes

Dillon Gee went out, and in his first start since the All-Star break, pitched a gem. Gee went seven innings, allowing two runs on three hits, walking two and striking out two. Gee was pulled after 96 pitches, and he looked good enough to possibly go into the eighth, but was pulled. Gee looked in control the whole game, and outside of the moonshot home run he gave up to Lance Berkman, only gave up two hits. Hopefully, Gee can rebound because his last two pre-break outings weren’t very pretty.

The bullpen today consisted of Parnell and Isringhausen. Parnell went out for a full inning, gave up two hits and hit a batter, but struck out one. Parnell was either nervous, or just not locating that fastball down in the zone. Closer by committee moments to worry about: one. Isringhausen came out for the ninth and pitched a clean inning to notch his first save as a Met since 1999, and first MLB save since 2008.

The offense today was quiet until the top of the fifth inning, when singles by Reyes & Turner and a walk by Beltran left the situation open for Angel Pagan to hit a two-RBI double. In the sixth, Daniel Murphy atoned for lining out with the bases-loaded the inning before with a double to center field that scored two more runs. The offense obviously missed Reyes for the last 16 days, and missed Beltran for the last few.

Reyes/Turner/Beltran – 7 for 13 with two walks and all four of the Mets runs. They get on base, they score runs. It works.

Ronny Paulino – 3 for 4 – The guy is apparently hitting righties now too. One of Alderson’s better finds.

Jason Bay – 1 for 4, one strikeout. Had a good hit, then look bad in the rest of his at-bats.

Turning Point

Daniel Murphy double in the sixth inning, providing Gee with some breathing room to go out for the seventh inning. Without it, Berkman blast in seventh ties game.

Game Ball

Carlos Beltran, 3 for 3 with two walks. Can’t do much better then .1000.

On Deck

The Mets will look to keep this going, facing up against Kyle McClellan and the Cardinals tomorrow night at Citi Field, and will send R.A. Dickey to the mound. Game time is 7:10 P.M.

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