Postgame: Bay progress, Paulino on toe

September, 4, 2011
Jason Bay has produced what seemed like a breakout game before, only to slip right back into a funk. But given his work in recent days with hitting coach Dave Hudgens to revert his swing to its 2009 Boston Red Sox look, Bay felt his game-tying two-run homer in the sixth inning Saturday against Nats left-hander Tom Gorzelanny was a sign of progress.

“I kind of felt like the old me -- the process anyway,” Bay said. “And it was nice to get that result.”

Ronny Paulino threw to second base for one caught stealing from his knees and managed to get through his first game since Aug. 22 despite dealing with a broken big right toe. Paulino was uncomfortable, but said he would be able to continue his resumption of catching duties.

“I felt it, but I feel that I can play through,” Paulino said.

Manny Acosta tossed two scoreless innings with five strikeouts and has now contributed five straight run-free outings, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out 11 in 6 2/3 innings during that span.

“Everything was working tonight,” Acosta said. “A couple of sliders I threw out of the zone, but my fastball, my changeup, everything was OK. And a couple of sliders I threw good when I needed it.”

Jose Reyes said he will remain in the lineup Sunday. Terry Collins said pregame Saturday there was a chance Reyes would get his first game off since returning from the disabled list in the series finale.

Lucas Duda, who played with Tom Milone at Southern Cal, did not know the southpaw was capable of the three-run homer he slugged off Dillon Gee in his first major league plate appearance. Duda said Milone was solely a pitcher with the Trojans -- not on a position player who batted on non-throwing days.

“I didn’t know he could swing it that well,” Duda said. “It was surprising actually. I didn’t know he was that good.”

Said Gee: “We were told going into the game that he was a good hitting pitcher. We had heard he liked to go the other way real well, though. At that point I was just trying to get ahead with a fastball middle-in, trying to make it hard for him to go the other way. He put a good swing on it and pulled it. I definitely wish I could have it back.”
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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