Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Mets 7, Padres 3
By Forrest Lee
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WHAT IT MEANS: The Mets won a series in San Diego for the first time since 2002, at former home Jack Murphy/Qualcomm Stadium. They finished the road trip to Arizona and San Diego 2-4.
GEE WHIZ: Dillon Gee notched his 11th win, becoming the first Mets rookie to reach that plateau since Dwight Gooden (17 wins) and Ron Darling (12) exceeded that total in 1984. He also became the first Mets starting pitcher to hold the opponent to fewer than two runs since Mike Pelfrey tossed six scoreless innings at Dodger Stadium on July 5.
However, San Diego scored two ninth-inning runs against Ryota Igarashi, so the Mets were unable to hold an opponent to less than two runs. The Mets have now gone 37 straight games surrendering two-plus runs as a team, the second-longest streak in franchise history, shy of only a 54-game streak in 1982. Igarashi has allowed eight runs in 9 1/3 innings over his past 10 appearances -- and runs in four of his past five outings.
Gee took a scoreless effort into the bottom of the seventh, when he surrendered his lone run. Manny Acosta eventually bailed the Mets out of a predicament with a bases-loaded strikeout of Jason Bartlett. A half-inning earlier, Gee had been struck in the right knee with a pitch from Pat Neshek while trying to bunt.
“He’ll say it didn’t affect him, but I’m sure where it hit him it had to hurt,” Terry Collins said of Gee getting hit by a pitch. “I know the adrenaline was flowing and he said he felt OK, but I watched him at second base and he was limping around. He said was fine, but I still think it affected him.
“He pitched like he knows how,” the manager added. “He used his changeup effectively and threw his breaking ball for strikes. That’s how he’s been successful. What we saw today was what we’ve come to expect of him.”
WRIGHT STUFF: David Wright delivered a three-run homer in the third off starter Mat Latos and also had several standout fielding plays, including faking a throw and then tagging out a fooled Cameron Maybin, who had rounded third base presuming Wright had released the ball.
Wright has now reached double-digit homers for the eighth time in his career, matching the franchise record. The other Mets to have 10-plus homers in eight different seasons: Mike Piazza, Darryl Strawberry and Ed Kranepool.
BAY WATCH: Jason Bay went 0-for-4 with a walk and is hitless in his past 20 at-bats. His career high drought is 0-for-24, earlier this season, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
WHAT’S NEXT: After an off-day, Mike Pelfrey (6-9, 4.53 ERA) returns to the mound to face right-hander Shaun Marcum (10-3, 3.50) and the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers. Pelfrey was knocked out of his last start, in Arizona, after getting struck on the right elbow, but he faced three batters in relief in San Diego and pronounced himself fit for the start against Francisco Rodriguez's crew.