Dillon Gee with another great start tonight. Having to follow Santana, Dickey and Niese’s great starts, Gee keeps the saying, “Good starting pitching is contagious” true. With seven strong innings tonight, only allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits, two walks and he struck out eight batters. Despite his great start, and several great starts in a row, he walks away with a no decision and an a 4.48 ERA.
Jon Rauch was great the first few weeks of the season, but lately has become shaky and unreliable. He let up two runs on two hits in his two out appearance. Luckily, Byrdak appears again to finish the inning with a strikeout. Collins let Byrdak stay in, but he walked the first batter and was replaced by Parnell who had a 1-2-3 inning.
Mets were able to score four scattered runs thanks to two bombs from Scott Hairston and Lucas Duda.
Duda homered in the fourth, his ninth of season to lead the Mets, and Hairston with a pinch-hit, two-run shot in the seventh. It was his seventh homer of the season and he is a pinch-hitting master. The last run came thanks to Andres Torres who hit a sac-fly in the eighth.
Six hits were scattered by six different guys. Duda and Hairston with the big two-out homeruns. Nieuwenhuis and Quintanilla with doubles. A pinch-hit single from Thole, who later scored on the Torres sac fly. Wright with a base hit, who scored on the Hairston bomb.
Daniel Murphy 0-4 with a strikeout is now hitting .301.
Ike Davis was 0-2 before being taken out for a pinch-hitter and replaced at first by Rottino. Ike is now hitting .164. He’ll be back in Buffalo soon if this keeps up any longer.
Johan Santana has won NL Player of the Week. Back-to-back Mets winners as Dickey won it last week.
Mets kept Beltran off base again, going 0-5 with two strikeouts.
Chris Young is scheduled to make his 2012 debut as he gets the nod to start tomorrow’s series opener against the Nationals against Jordan Zimmermann. Game time is 7:05 PM.