Gee whiz! Dillon wins 9th
July, 20, 2011
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
Gee rebounded to toss three-hit ball for seven innings and earn the win, bouncing back from back-to-back losses in which he'd allowed a total of nine earned runs.
"I definitely felt a lot better than I had been lately," Gee (9-3, 3.67 ERA) said.
Gee leads all major-league rookies with nine wins. He is also 5-2 with a 2.85 ERA in ten home games this season.
The rookie right-hander hadn't pitched in 12 days and said that he’d struggled in his between-starts bullpen sessions. But he showed little rust early-on against St. Louis, retiring the first 10 Cardinals in order before walking Jon Jay.
Gee then got Albert Pujols to ground into a double play to end the inning, feeding the notion that he was on the verge of the first no-hitter in franchise history.
But the excitement died down when Freese hit a one-hopper that Gee couldn't field, leading to the infield hit.
"I wasn't in a good fielding position," Gee said.
THOLE BACK WEDNESDAY: Josh Thole is expected to return to the Mets on Wednesday after missing Tuesday's game due to paternity leave. Thole and his wife, Kathryn, welcomed their first child, a son named Camden, at 8:41 p.m. Tuesday.
The Mets originally intended to call up Triple-A catcher Mike Nickeas from the Bisons game in Syracuse but his flight was delayed, to the point where he would have missed Tuesday's game. So Nickeas never boarded the plane and lost out on the one-day promotion. That meant Ruben Tejada, who was originally sent down to make room for Jose Reyes, remained with the big club on Tuesday. Tejada is expected to be sent to Triple-A Buffalo to make room for Thole on Wednesday.
ANGEL AT THE PLATE: Terry Collins said before Tuesday's game that he didn't think Angel Pagan wanted to hit in the leadoff spot during Reyes' absence for a hamstring strain. Pagan struggled in that role, hitting under .150 in the top spot while trying to fill in for Reyes.
Collins didn't seem worried about Pagan's lack of production, saying before the game that Pagan would be more comfortable hitting in the middle of the lineup.
Pagan proved Collins right on Tuesday when -- hitting in the fifth hole -- he drilled a two-run double to give the Mets a 2-1 lead two batters after Kyle Lohse walked Carlos Beltran to load the bases.
So not only did the Collins benefit from Reyes' and Carlos Beltran's return, but Pagan did as well.
"Our lineup certainly changes with those two guys in that order," Collins said.