Dillon Gee looked pretty sharp out there tonight – He looked in control for basically the entire duration of his start. He pitched into the sixth, allowing only three hits and a walk while striking out four. Francisco took over after, and immediately walked a batter and allowed two singles. He got out of the inning unscathed and got another two outs cleanly, one via strikeout. Chuck James picked up an out and Jon Rauch looked strong in the eighth, allowing no hits and picking up a strikeout. His changeup looked rather sharp. Parnell came in and saved it in the ninth, striking out two of three for a perfect inning.
Only four hits for the offense today, but they made them count – A 2B and HR for Lucas Duda, an RBI single for Davis, and a grounder down the line for a double for Tejada. Strasburg looked to be in midseason form against the Mets today, so I can respect Gee for keeping pace with him and Duda for getting the best of him on an opposite field HR.
We also saw Murphy and Bay steal a bag each today. Gee laid down a great SAC bunt as well.
Good defense overall today – The Tejada/Murph duo turned two double plays. Only downside is that Thole made a terrible throw on an Ian Desmond stolen base attempt on a perfect pitch to make a throw on – high fastball.
Hero Of The Game
Spring Training Heroes aren’t as competitive, so I will split it between Gee and Duda tonight.
Parnell busted out the knuckle-curve that he learned from Izzy a bit more often today and it looked pretty sharp.
Radar gun was really slow or the Mets toned down their velocity for control. It worries me slightly.
Andres Torres left the game with an injury in the third which was determined to be a strained left calf. It did not look to be anything serious, but you never know with this team.
1:05 start tomorrow afternoon against the Cardinals, where Johan Santana is expected to start.