Dillon Gee struggled through his outing today, but the Mets would put across nine of the ten runs they scored after the sixth inning, and the Mets walked out of Philly with a three-game sweep, winning today 10-6.
Dillon Gee had a mixed outing today, giving up four runs on ten hits, while striking out four. Gee was leaving most of his pitches over the plate, and he was paying for it. The most surprising fact about Gee’s outing – all of the RBI’s he gave up were from the eighth and ninth hitter. If you can’t get out the lower portion of the order, but can the top maybe you are taking too much off.
Tim Byrdak came out for a third, and got the Mets out of the sixth and nabbed the win thanks to his effort in the seventh while the offense was rallying. Manny Acosta came on for the seventh and gave up one hit while striking out one batter. Jon Rauch would come out to essentially mop up the game, and would allow a run on two hits, striking out one. Rauch will live or die by contact, as he has struck out six batters in 14 innings. D.J. Carrasco received his first work in mop-up duty, and gave up one run on two hits, striking out one in his inning of work.
The Mets offense today was struggling early on, with a Daniel Murphy RBI double in the first and a David Wright RBI single in the sixth being the only runs the Mets would push across the plate off of Cliff Lee, fresh off a DL stint and on a pitch-limit. However, once Lee left is when the game, as most games in this series have blown open. The Mets would push across three in the seventh to get into the lead on a Justin Turner RBI double, a Lucas Duda HBP and an Andres Torres RBI groundout. The eighth inning would be much of the same, with David Wright scoring on an RBI double by Scott Hairston, and the hibernating Ike Davis obliterating a three-run home run off the facade in RF to give the Mets a 9-4 lead at the time. Andres Torres, now in a 9-5 game belted a solo shot, the first of his Mets career.
- Five Mets had two hits, which is always a good sign for life in an offense.
- Vinny Rottino was 0-2 with 2 strikeouts. Why would Rottino survive the cut expected on Friday for Ronny Cedeno being 0 for 5 on the season, but Valdespin would be sent down?
- Ike Davis appears to have broken out of his slump possibly, going 2 for 4 with a HR, three RBI, two runs and a strikeout. The most positive thing about Ike is seeing him be aggressive on pitches in the zone, and spitting on breaking balls that are in the dirt.
- Andres Torres continues his hot hitting since his return from the DL, going 2 for 4 with a HR, a walk, two RBI and two runs. Also made a great catch in the first to get Dillon Gee out of a jam.
Player Of The Game
For the sole purpose of this being the first game where he has looked like his former self, Ike Davis. It takes a good day against a good team to jump start some people, and he has grinded to hopefully see the light. Lets keep it up, Ike.
After the sweep in Philly, the Mets will have Thursday off and travel to Miami to face the Marlins at 7:10 P.M. Johan Santana will face off against lefty Mark Buerhle.