Monday, April 23, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Giants 7, Mets 2 (Game 2)
By Adam Rubin
WHAT IT MEANS: After a four-game winning streak to begin the season, the Mets have now dipped to .500 for the first time in 2012, at 8-8.
Dillon Gee surrendered a career-high 12 hits as the Mets were swept in a doubleheader Monday by San Francisco. The Giants limited the Mets to six hits and won the nightcap, 7-2, at Citi Field.
BAY WATCH: The Giants upped the lead to 5-0 in the fourth when Jason Bay retreated for a deep shot by Gregor Blanco, but the ball glanced off the left fielder’s glove for a two-run double. Bay did a face plant into the outfield grass. He was replaced by Mike Baxter in left field in the eighth inning.
OH, GEE: Hector Sanchez chased Gee with two out in the seventh inning with a two-run homer to right field, his first career long ball, which gave San Francisco a 7-1 lead. The long ball would not have been a homer under the old Citi Field dimensions. So there now have been six new-dimensions homers since the stadium reconfiguration -- three apiece for the home team and visitors.
Pablo Sandoval had crushed two-run homer in a three-run first against Gee.
The seven runs allowed by Gee were one shy of matching his career high. Gee surrendered eight runs in a 10-0 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Aug. 22 of last season.
It was the most hits allowed by a Mets pitcher since Johan Santana surrendered 13 against the St. Louis Cardinals on July 28, 2010.
Gee’s line: 6.2 IP, 12H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 HR. He threw 105 pitches (72 strikes).
’SPIN CITI: Jordany Valdespin made his major league debut as a pinch hitter with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth inning against right-hander Clay Hensley and with the Mets trailing by five runs. Valdespin popped out in the infield on the first pitch.
NO OFFENSE: Ike Davis pinch-hit with the bases loaded and two out in the eighth, after Valdespin popped out. For the third time in the doubleheader, Davis stranded three teammates on the basepaths. This time, Davis was called out on a full-count offering from Hensley. Davis stranded 11 runners in the doubleheader despite starting only one game.
The Mets’ opening run came on an RBI single by Justin Turner in the fourth. Turner was starting at first base over Davis against left-hander Madison Bumgarner. The latter run came in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Daniel Murphy, before the Valdespin and Davis outs. The Mets were outscored 13-3 in the doubleheader.
WHAT’S NEXT: Jose Reyes and the Miami Marlins visit Citi Field on Tuesday, in case you had not heard. Santana (0-2, 3.97 ERA) opposes Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson (0-2, 5.94).