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Saturday, July 20, 2013
Postgame notes: Germen to the rescue

By Matt Ehalt

NEW YORK --Gonzalez Germen is pitching his way to a lengthier stay in Flushing.

Germen was credited with a win Saturday after escaping a bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning of the Mets' 5-4 win over the Phillies. Germen came in after Zack Wheeler departed and struck out Delmon Young to end the frame with the Mets still ahead, 3-2.

"There's no reason why we shouldn't be using him a little bit more. Very impressive," manager Terry Collins said. "As we look at the big picture things, he's got a great arm, he's a young guy, and one of the things we talked about in spring training was we needed to find some relief down the road and it looks like he might be one of the guys who steps up and takes those jobs."

The Mets first called up Germen on July 2, but he did not make an appearance before being demoted three days later. The Mets called him up again on July 9, seemingly just as a placeholder until injured infielder Justin Turner was ready, but Germen is doing his best to make sure he sticks around when Turner returns next week.

Germen has inherited the bases loaded twice this year, and he's stranded the runners both times. He threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings Saturday, helping out a bullpen that has thrown 12 1/3 innings in the first two games after the All-Star break.

"Bases loaded, two outs, I throw strike first time, every time because bases loaded, I can't make a mistake," Germen said.

IKE SITS AGAIN: Since Ike Davis returned from Triple-A on July 5, he has yet to start in three games against left-handers, including Saturday against Cole Hamels. Davis, who is 7-for-30 since coming back, will likely be benched Sunday against All-Star lefty Cliff Lee as well.

"You want to play every day obviously. It's not my decision to write the lineup so I can't really, you know, say anything," said Davis, who worked a walk as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning Saturday. "Terry has to make the lineup he thinks has a better chance for the team to win."

BIG DAY FOR E.Y.: Eric Young Jr. better make sure he gets a proper rest every night. He's going to need it.

"E.Y. is a guy that right now is so valuable to us at the top of the order I don't see in the near future where he's going to get a chance to rest," Collins said.

Collins praised Young after he went 1-for-4 and manufactured a run in the fifth inning Saturday. After a leadoff single, Young stole second base, went to third on a long flyout by Daniel Murphy, and scored on David Wright's RBI single to put the Mets ahead 4-2.

The manager added that Young provides speed at the top of the lineup, which the team has been missing since Jose Reyes left prior to last season.

"Like I said, it's all I can ask for, getting the opportunity I am. I'm looking to have my name in there every day," Young said. "If (Collins) is going to make a statement like that, then I have no complaints."