Dillon Gee was stellar tonight in his fourth start of the season down in Atlanta tonight. Gee continues the streak of great starts by Mets starters, allowing only one run tonight.
The first and only run for the Braves came with the bases loaded in the second inning. Jack Wilson grounded out to Daniel Murphy, whos only play was to first because of the speed of the grounder. Luckily, Tommy Hanson was the next batter. He was struck out by Dillon Gee, getting out of the only jam of the game for him.
The Mets got the run back in the third, however off Tommy Hanson. Kirk Nieuwenhuis got on first, and advanced on an error. He was then bunted to third by Dillon Gee. Ruben Tejada grounded out, but Captain Kirk scored on the play to even the score.
The Mets got their big break in the sixth. Ike Davis, with two runners on, hit his second home run of the year, making the score 4-1. Davis is finally starting to come around. He hit a home run the other day, and had another one tonight. He was very, very patient in his at-bat. Hanson tried to fool Ike with a few breaking balls in the dirt, but to no avail. Davis was patient and waited for his pitch, which he drilled over the right field fence. What was interesting about Ike’s home run was David Wright being intentionally walked beforehand. If Ike Davis starts hitting again, that’s not going to happen anymore and Wright is going to get some pitches to hit. So much of the offense rests on the shoulders of Ike Davis in the cleanup spot. The Mets scored another run in the seventh off Tommy Hanson, knocking him out of the game. The run was scored on a wild pitch by Hanson himself, allowing Josh Thole to score. Hanson ended the day with seven innings pitched, five runs (four earned), two walks, and four strikeouts. He received the loss, dropping to 1-2 on the season.
Something notable happened in the ninth, despite its irrelevance. Jason Bay hit a solo home run to center off Livan Hernandez to make the score 6-1, which would end up being the final. Bay claimed to have found the problem that has plagued him the past few years, but until tonight, hadn’t really done much. I don’t really expect Bay to turn things around soon, but I certainly hope he does.
Another solid performance by the Mets bullpen tonight as well. Jon Rauch pitched a scoreless eighth and Tim Byrdak pitched a scoreless ninth to hold down the fort in the victory. Besides Sunday’s horrific implosion, the ‘pen has been fantastic this season and the starters have been the key to that. Behind Frank Francisco, Jon Rauch, and Bobby Parnell, the Mets don’t have much. If the starters can go deep into games, we won’t have to worry about the inconsistencies of the middle relievers. Gee did just that tonight. He was really fantastic. That one minor jam was it for him. I’m very, very excited about the futures of him as well as Jon Niese. I have loved watching them progress over the past few seasons.
By the way, Jason Bay had a great catch, robbing someone of a home run in the game tonight. If I can get the video, I’ll post it. Let’s go Mets!