What a punch in the gut… After a rain delay of three hours and 43 minutes, Dillon Gee took the mound and fired eight shutout innings against the Braves as the Mets took a 1-0 lead heading into the ninth. But it was all for naught as first baseman Freddie Freeman crushed a two-run, walk-off homer to give the Braves a dramatic 2-1 win to take the first game of the five game series.
Gee dominated the Braves and held the them to just three hits and one walk before going out for the ninth. But after a base-knock and a blast it was all over. Gee struck out six in 8.1 innings and takes the gut-wrenching loss.
Ironically, Gee drove in the only run of the game for the Mets with an RBI-single in the seventh. Otherwise the Mets were flat except for Lucas Duda, who started at first base and had a big game going 4-for-4 with three singles and a double.
I’m not gonna kill Terry Collins for letting Gee go out to pitch the ninth. It was his game to win or lose and he earned the right to go out there and go for the complete game shutout.
Oh, the pain, the pain…
The Mets will need to shake this loss off as they gear up for their Super Tuesday doubleheader that is bound to be one of the biggest highlights of the season so far.
You won’t want to miss this as we’ll all get a glimpse of what could be the Mets’ future 1-2 punch at the top of the rotation for what we hope will be years to come.
RHP Matt Harvey (5-1, 2.04) will take on LHP Alex Wood (0-0, 3.52) in the first game at 1:10 PM, and then RHP Zack Wheeler will make his major league debut in the nightcap against LHP Paul Maholm (7-5, 3.65) for the Braves at 7:10 PM.