Minneapolis-After splitting a four game set with the San Diego Padres over the weekend, the New York Mets flew to Minneapolis for a brief layover and makeup game with the Minnesota Twins. New York had every reason to sleepwalk through the game, having lost their last two and having a long flight for a matinee game against a lousy team. Dillon Gee, however, would have none of it. Gee, who has been one of the Mets' best starters this season, tossed 7.2 innings of one run ball as the Mets beat up on the Twins 6-1.
The Mets gave Gee plenty of run support early. Andrew Brown drove home the first Met run in the top of the first inning to plate Eric Young Jr and give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Young added an RBI single of his own in the second, plating Lagares and stretching New York's lead to 2-0. The Mets then added two more in the fourth when Omar Quintanilla and Daniel Murphy added RBI singles to stretch the lead to 4-0. The Mets tattooed Twins' rookie starter Kyle Gibson (2-4, 6.53 ERA) to the tune of four runs on ten hits and two walks.
The run support was plenty for Gee (9-8, 3.60 ERA) to earn his ninth victory of the season. Gee cruised throughout the day, allowing only one unearned run on six hits while striking out nine Twins' hitters. The only run to score against Gee came after Twins' center fielder Clete Thomas came around to score on a fielding error by Murphy. The Mets added two more runs on the day on an RBI single from Wilmer Flores in the seventh inning and Marlon Byrd's 20th home run of the season in the ninth. Byrd's solo shot capped the scoring for the Mets.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game Award goes to Mets' starter Dillon Gee. Gee was fantastic for New York and earned his ninth win of the season, tying him with Matt Harvey for the team lead. Gee has been arguably the Mets' best starting pitcher since June, and it was nice to see his hard work rewarded with a victory.
Post Game Notes:
- Byrd has now matched his career high in home runs with 20.
- Seven different Mets recorded multiple hit games.
- Juan Lagares was a defensive star for the Mets, making several sensational catches throughout the day.
- Travis d'Arnaud is still searching for his first major league hit after going 0 for 3 on the day. The young catcher did, however, draw his fifth walk over the last three days.
- Trevor Plouffe and Joe Mauer each recorded two hits for the Twins.
- The Mets swept all three games against the Twins this season.
- The Mets finish their 11 game road trip with a 5-6 record, which is better than expected considering they got swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the middle of the trip.
The Mets will fly home tonight and begin a nine game home stand tomorrow night. First on the docket is a visit from the Atlanta Braves, who will play a brief two game set with the Mets. The Mets will send Zack Wheeler (5-2, 3.43 ERA) to the mound in search of his sixth win of the season, while the Braves will counter with righty Brandon Beachy (2-0, 4.50 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 pm.
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