Gee Strong, But Offense Can’t Come Through In Mets 3-2 Loss

An article by posted on September 13, 2011

Dillon Gee had another good outing, but the bullpen struggled late and the Mets stranded 17 runners in their 3-2 loss to the Nationals.

Game Notes

Dillon Gee had another outing just short of quality, going five and two-third innings, giving up two runs on six hits, walking two and striking out five. Gee was strong for his whole outing, minus the sixth inning when he was hit hard for both of his runs. Gee hasn’t seemed to tire, and has become more of a pitcher. The only issue with Gee is the propensity in which he has issued walks.

As with most September baseball, lots of pitching changes. Pedro Beato, Dale Thayer, Tim Byrdak, Bobby Parnell and Daniel Herrera all saw work, and Thayer/Parnell were the least effective, with Thayer being charged for the run that Parnell allowed to score. After that, Parnell saw another one and one-third innings of work, and struck out three.

The offense stranded a large number of runners, and got both of their runs in the fifth on a Lucas Duda single, that scored Jose Reyes and then scored Ruben Tejada after a misplay by Nats RF Jayson Werth. A failure to bunt in two different situations by the Mets didn’t help the chances to push runs across.

Nick Evans – 0 for 4, with two strikeouts and five runners stranded. Nick has come down to earth as of recently, and whether its his expected performance or being exposed to more righties is to be decided

Lucas Duda – 3 for 4 with an RBI. Popped out in a big situation in the seventh on the first pitch. Still, a great day for Lucas.

David Wright – 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. Uh-oh. Some bad defense seems to be working its way into David’s AB’s.

Jose Reyes – 3 for 4 with a run and a walk. Jose has reclaimed the batting title lead as of the publishing of this post.

Turning Point

Ineffective bullpen pitching by Dale “I Only Throw Fastballs” Thayer, and Bobby Parnell.

GOAT

Nick Evans. The bullpen gave up the run, but stranding a third of your teams baserunners is extremely bad.

On Deck

The Mets will have the third game of a four game series and send Mike Pelfrey to the mound and face off against Brad Peacock in his first major league start. Game time is 7:10 P.M.

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