Sunday, April 27, 2014

Dillon Gee Pitches Mets Past Marlins

By Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Miami Marlins vs. New York Mets

Post Game Recap

The New York Mets were able to defeat the Miami Marlins Sunday afternoon by a score of 4-0 to win their second consecutive series. Just like what the story has been throughout the early season, it was once again the starting pitching that carried the Mets in the game. The victory also puts them at a season-high tying three games over .500, with a record of 14-11.

The Mets also kept their perfect record in games Anthony Recker catches, running that record to a perfect 6-0. The pitching staff’s dominance with him calling the game continued as well.

Today it was their nominal ace Dillon Gee who put on a show. Gee tossed a gem, going eight scoreless with six strikeouts, only allowing seven base runners; three by hit and four by walks. It was the deepest Gee has went into a game thus far this season, and the second time in his last three starts he did not allow a run. Coincidentally, both of those starts are his only wins of the season.

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Gee had held the Marlins without a hit into the fourth inning, when Marcel Ozuna recorded the first Marlins hit of the afternoon.

The Mets bats were almost as quite throughout the game as the Marlins’, but they got just enough production to get Gee the victory. The big blow came in the fifth inning, when Chris Young launched a two-run homer. It was a great at-bat for Young, who hit the homer on the 11th pitch he saw that turn at the plate from Marlins’ starting pitcher Tony Koehler.

Before Young’s blast, the Mets had actually scored another run in the fifth inning off a David Wright double that knocked in Curtis Granderson. The other run for the Mets came in the second inning, as Lucas Duda hit a ground-rule double to left field that knocked in Daniel Murphy.

It was a pretty impressive feat for the Mets to get at Koehler in the fashion that they did this afternoon. Koehler, who pitched at Stonybrook University in college, had given up two or fewer runs over at least six innings in his previous four starts on the season.

The Mets will be off Monday before kicking off a nine-game road trip that will start Tuesday against the division rival Philadelphia Phillies for two games. Tuesday’s probable starters pit Jon Niese (1-2, 2.45 ERA) against Cole Hamels (0-1, 3.00 ERA).

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