Rapid Reaction: Mets 7, Pirates 3
May, 30, 2011
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
GEE WHIZ: After Gee (5-0) surrendered a two-run homer to Chris Snyder in the second inning, he retired nine straight Pirates, including five consecutively via strikeout. Gee set a career high with eight strikeouts. His previous best was six against the Houston Astros on May 13.
Gee deferred to Jason Isringhausen for a 1-2-3 eighth inning. The rookie’s final line: 7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 8 K, 0 BB. He threw 102 pitches (76 strikes).
EASY PASS: The Mets’ opening three runs came without a ball leaving the infield. Daniel Murphy scored in the second inning when Snyder was charged with a passed ball on Pridie’s strikeout. Ruben Tejada’s squibber at the third-base line for an infield single later that inning scored Angel Pagan to pull the Mets even at 2. The Mets took a 3-2 lead in the fifth on Pagan’s bases-loaded infield single.
HIT PARADE: Tejada and Murphy matched career highs with three hits apiece as the Mets produced 15 hits.
STREAKING: Turner has driven in a run in six straight games after his eighth-inning RBI double. He set the franchise rookie record with RBIs in seven straight games earlier in the season, then had a two-game drought before the current streak.
K-ROD TRACKER: Francisco Rodriguez notched his 20th game finished as Terry Collins elected to use him even after two eighth-inning runs made it a non-save situation. Rodriguez is now 35 games finished shy of his contract vesting at $17.5 million for 2012. K-Rod is on pace for 61 games finished, six over the threshold for that vesting option to kick in.
WHAT’S NEXT: R.A. Dickey (2-5, 4.50), despite a partially torn plantar fascia in his right heel, will pitch on turn. He opposes Pittsburgh right-hander James McDonald (3-3, 5.23).