Mets 4, Cardinals 2
- Dillon Gee- (W, 9-3) 7 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 96 pitches (64 strikes)
- Carlos Beltran- 3-3, R, 2 BB, 2 2B
- Jose Reyes- 2-5, R
- Dan Murphy- 1-5, 2 RBI
- Angel Pagan- 1-5, 2 RBI
Dillon Gee shut down the Cardinals tonight, allowing just two runs in seven innings, working efficiently, allowing runs on a Kyle Lohse single in the fifth that scored Lance Berkman and on a bomb to right field by Berkman in the seventh. Berkman’s ball went all the way to the Shea Bridge in right field, which is ridiculous. Berkman has had a great year, really redeeming himself and proving that he can still play at an All-Star level.Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes were solid in their returns. Beltran had two doubles and Reyes made a nice play to turn a double play on a ground ball hit by Albert Pujols that deflected off Dillon Gee. He charged the ball, touched second, and while avoiding the runner, threw out Pujols.
Bobby Parnell pitched the eighth inning, throwing a scoreless frame again. Despite early speculation, he still has not received the closers role, which still belongs to Jason Isringhausen, who recorded his first save.
Jason Isringhausen recorded his first save since 2008 and was very emotional after recording the last out. He has really come full circle. He came up in “Generation K” as a starter, later going to the bullpen, recording his first and only save with the Mets in 1999, only to record possibly his last save in his career as a Met. This is really a great story.
The Mets really needed this win. They were struggling and I felt like the fans needed reassurance that Reyes and Beltran were going to be alright, and that with them, this team can win some games. It’s still unlikely that they will compete and a Carlos Beltran trade seems imminent after more news came out today about more and more teams being involved and contenders being aggressive.
The start time is 7:10