Dillon Gee went pitch for pitch with Cliff Lee, but the bullpen imploded as the Mets lost 10-6.
Dillon Gee had a good outing on the day, scattering six hits while giving up two runs, walking one and striking out five. Gee had good control on the day, and the only two hits that hurt him were a Ty Wigginton home-run and a Brian Schneider double. Gee threw 110 pitches, 72 for strikes. Bobby Parnell would come out with a runner on second, and allow a two-run home run to pinch-hitter Carlos Ruiz to tie the game up. Parnell’s final line would read one-third of an inning, one run allowed and no strikeouts. Jon Rauch came out to pitch the eighth, and gave up one run on two hits, striking out one. Tim Byrdak came in to pitch in the ninth, and went one third of an inning, allowing one run while walking one. Ramon Ramirez came out, recorded no outs and gave up three runs on three hits. Chris Schwinden was the last bullpen arm used today, and gave up two runs on two hits in his two-thirds of an inning.
The bullpen today performed about as poorly as a bullpen could, with every arm allowing at least a run. Hopefully this was just a product of the long strech of games with no off-days as well as some heavy use the last three days.
The Mets offense today struck early on Lee, just as they had in their previous matchup against him, putting a run across in the first inning on a David Wright RBI double, scoring Daniel Murphy who had walked. The Mets wouldn’t put across another two runs until Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer to right field in the sixth. The Mets would strike back in the ninth inning
Biggest Moment Of The Game: When Bobby Parnell gave up the two-run home run to pinch-hitter Carlos Ruiz. The home run felt like a deflating moment after the Mets had rallied to put across two runs in the inning before
Goat(s) Of The Game: The Mets bullpen. After Gee pitched a quality six and two-thirds innings, the bullpen managed to allow an inherited runner to score, as well as eight more courtesy of Bobby Parnell, Jon Rauch, Tim Byrdak, Ramon Ramirez and Chris Schwinden.
Lucas Duda broke out of his 0 for 16 slump with a 3 for 4 day, including two home runs and three RBI. Both of his home runs came off lefties.
Every Mets offensive player struck out at least once today, with Rob Johnson taking the horns twice.
The Mets made a flurry of defensive as well as mental errors in the eighth, leading to the explosion.
The Mets will have Thursday off, and will be sending LHP Johan Santana (2-2, 2.75) to the mound to face off against the St. Louis Cardinals and Adam Wainwright (4-5, 4.45)