Saturday, June 29, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Mets 5, Nationals 1
By Matt Ehalt
NEW YORK -- Matt Harvey could have used this kind of bullpen effort.
One night after the bullpen blew a three-run lead, the relievers held down the fort late as the Mets beat the Nationals 5-1 on Saturday at Citi Field.
After surrendering five runs in two innings Friday, the Mets' bullpen threw three scoreless Saturday to make a winner of starter Dillon Gee. The Mets' offense had a nice day at the plate, defeating Taylor Jordan in his debut.
Off the mat: Gee bounced back from a rough start in Philadelphia by holding the Nationals to one run over six innings. Gee worked efficiently, throwing just 85 pitches, and avoided stressful situations. While the low pitch count was evidence of Gee's success, it will be something to keep an eye on after the game, as Gee is currently battling elbow tendinitis. The Mets are keeping a close eye on him because of it, and it's not unreasonable to believe that the early exit could be tied to the tendinitis. Gee is now 6-7.
Byrd's the word: Marlon Byrd continued his hot streak as he went 1-for-3 and scored two runs. Byrd now has 40 RBIs, which is second on the Mets. He reached base four times Saturday, including twice on errors, and was hit by a pitch. His RBI single in the sixth inning put the Mets up 5-1.
Snapping the streak: Shortstop Omar Quintanilla snapped an 0-for-17 skid with a single in the fourth inning. He followed that up with a double in the sixth inning, ultimately scoring in that frame to put the Mets ahead 4-1. Quintanilla finished 2-for-4.
Sloppy play: The Mets took advantage of sloppy play by the Nationals to tally runs. An error by Ryan Zimmerman to start the fourth led to the Mets tying the game at 1-all. In the fifth, a pair of errors on one play, which included Zimmerman's second gaffe of the day, led to the Mets scoring a pair and taking a 3-1 lead.
Up next: Zack Wheeler (1-0, 3.18 ERA) will make his Citi Field debut Sunday. He will oppose Gio Gonzalez (4-3, 3.31) at 1:10 p.m. ET.