Sunday, September 15, 2013
Notes: Vic Black gets first win
By Matt Ehalt
NEW YORK -- One newcomer picked up his first career walk-off hit.
And because of it, a fellow newcomer picked up his first career win.
Travis d'Arnaud's walk-off RBI single made a winner of Vic Black in the Mets' 1-0 win in 12 innings over the Marlins on Sunday at Citi Field. Black pitched a perfect 12th inning.
Dillon Gee was pulled after 7 1/3 scoreless innings.
"Of course it's always exciting to get your first win," Black said. "The first of many hopefully."
The Mets acquired Black from Pittsburgh in the deal that sent outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck to the Pirates. The Mets have thrown him into their bullpen and he's done a nice job thus far as he has a 3.68 ERA spanning nine games with the team.
He entered the game in the 12th inning on Sunday and retired the order in side. Mets manager Terry Collins complimented the job the bullpen did in holding the Marlins scoreless for 4 2/3 innings on Sunday afternoon. The Mets bullpen gave up just two hits in that stretch.
"It came down to we had to get some relief pitching and we got it," Collins said.
GEE THE GREAT: Starter Dillon Gee's fantastic outing on Sunday was wasted by the Mets' offensive struggles. Gee threw 7 1/3 scoreless innings and struck out eight while yielding six hits in a no-decision.
Gee cruised for most of the afternoon against a weak Marlins lineup. The Marlins had a grand opportunity in the second when they had a man on third with one out, but Gee struck out the next two batters to avoid any damage. He departed the game with a man on in the eighth.
"I think the key today was being able to throw off-speed pitches for strikes," Gee said. "Threw a lot of curveballs and changeups first pitch, especially tried to get ahead in the count with something other than the fast ball."
After Sunday's start, Gee has now thrown 187 innings on the season, which potentially puts him in line for a 200-inning season, which would be the first time he's done so in his career. The 187 innings Gee has thrown this year are already a career-high for the 27-year-old.
"That's very important. That was the main goal out of spring training, to make every start every time it's your turn and try to get the 200 mark," Gee said. "It's a big goal I think for a lot of starting pitchers."
FLORES FINE: Third baseman Wilmer Flores had his ankle stepped on, but he said he was fine. Flores twisted his ankle in August. He was replaced for a pinch-runner in the 10th inning after singling to center. Flores went 1-for-4.