New York-The New York Mets' strong run over the last two weeks has been keyed by starting pitching. The Mets' starters have been hot, and Dillon Gee is no exception. Gee was brilliant for the Mets again today, throwing eight shutout innings as the Mets defeated the Miami Marlins 4-0.
The Mets gave Gee an early lead in the second inning when Lucas Duda drove in Daniel Murphy with a ground rule double. The Mets added to their lead in the fifth against struggling Marlins' starter Tom Koehler (2-2, 2.97 ERA). After Curtis Granderson drew a walk to lead off the fifth, David Wright drove him home with a double to make it 2-0 Mets. Chris Young capped the scoring two batters later by homering to left. Young's second home run of the year was a two run shot, putting the Mets up 4-0.
The four runs would be plenty for Gee (2-1, 2.88 ERA), who threw eight shutout innings for the Mets. Gee toyed with the Marlins' young lineup, rarely running into trouble as he became the first Mets' starter to complete eight innings this season. Gee's only tough spot came in the seventh inning, when he allowed the first two men to reach on base hits. Gee worked his way out of the jam, with the aid of a key double play, without allowing a run.
The win allowed the Mets (14-11) to win their series with the Marlins (11-14). The win also clinched a winning home stand for the Mets, who went 6-4 over the 10 games. Much had been made prior to the home stand about the Mets' difficulties winning at Citi Field. The strong home stand quiets some of those concerns and puts the Mets in position to do some damage as they head out on their next road trip.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game Award goes to Mets' starting pitcher Dillon Gee. Gee was outstanding, throwing eight shutout innings and allowing only three hits while walking four and striking out six.
Post Game Notes:
- David Wright had an outstanding day defensively, making a nice sliding catch on a foul pop from Casey McGehee and helping to turn the key double play in the seventh.
- The Marlins only had three hits on the day.
- Six different Mets got a base hit.
- Carlos Torres worked a scoreless ninth inning to complete the three hit shutout.
- The Mets are now 6-0 in games started by backup catcher Anthony Recker.
The Mets will get a day off tomorrow and will travel to Philadelphia for their first matchup of the season with the Phillies. The Mets and Phillies will open a two game set on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park, the Mets' first stop on a nine game road trip. It will be a battle of lefties on the mound as Jonathon Niese (1-2, 2.45 ERA) and Cole Hamels (0-1, 3.00 ERA). First pitch for Tuesday's game is scheduled for 7:05 pm.Tags: Anthony Recker, Baseball, Carlos Torres, Chris Young, David Wright, Dillon Gee, Lucas Duda, Miami Marlins, MLB, New York, New York Mets, Tom Koehler