Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Rapid Reaction: A's 7, Mets 3
By Mike Mazzeo
Recap | Box score | Photos
WHAT IT MEANS: For once, Dillon Gee couldn’t throw strikes -- and for the first time this season, the unsung hero of the Mets' depleted rotation lost.
Gee walked a career-high six batters -- the most batters he’s ever walked in a game at any level of professional baseball (five twice in the minors was his previous high) -- and dropped to 7-1 as the Mets fell to the A’s in the opener of their three-game Interleague series and have now lost four of their last five games.
His final line: 4 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 6 BB, 1 SO 87 Pitches (45 Strikes)
The 25-year-old rookie was looking to tie Dwight Gooden's franchise record by winning his first eight straight decisions of the season as a starter. Terry Leach has the best start in Mets history -- 10-0 in 1987 -- but he achieved some of those victories as a reliever.
For Gee, it was his first loss since Sept. 30, 2010, against the Brewers. His previous MLB high for walks had been four, twice. Most recently, Gee issued four free passes on May 13 in Houston. On Tuesday night, he walked four -- in the third inning alone. Also, the first four batters Gee walked -- Jemile Weeks and Cliff Pennington, each twice -- came around to score.
AW-FENSIVE: The Mets offense proved futile for the second straight game. After their 1-6 batters combined to go 3-for-22 on Sunday afternoon, the Mets’ 1-4 batters combined to go 1-for-18 on Tuesday night. They also went 0-for-5 with RISP.
The Mets actually wound up sending the tying run to the plate as they loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth. But Josh Thole grounded out to second, ending the threat and stranding three.
BAY WATCH: Jason Bay homered for the first time since May 13 in the sixth, breaking a string of 104 at-bats without one. Bay hadn’t had an extra-base hit since May 20 (89 at-bats).
Bay snapped a streak of 29 games without a home run -- the second-longest of his career (30 from Sept. 22, 2009, to April 25, 2010, with the Red Sox and Mets).
He also singled and tripled -- narrowly missing a homer to center because the ball deflected off Coco Crisp's glove. The umpires reviewed the call -- and 3 minutes, 55 seconds later, it was upheld. Crisp robbed Bay of what would've been his third two-homer game as a Met.
FREE PASS: Mets pitchers tied a season-high by walking nine A's batters. They also walked nine Nationals back on April 8.
K-ROD TRACKER: Francisco Rodriguez remained at 27 games finished. He is on pace for 60 games finished -- five more than the threshold he needs for his $17.5 million option to vest.
UP NEXT: R.A. Dickey (3-7, 4.00 ERA) gets back on the bump against Gio Gonzalez (6-5, 2.69) on Wednesday night in the second game of a three-game set.