Sunday, July 24, 2011

Post Game Wrap-Up: Wright Clutch, But Parnell Can't Hold Lead

The Mets lost the rubber game of their 3 game series with the Marlins this afternoon by the score 0f 5-4 to fall a game below .500 at 50-51.

Dillon Gee showed today why he might be a very valuable piece of the Mets future. He clearly did not have anything today. After giving up a run in the 1st and 2 in the 2nd, it seemed as if Gee was not going to hang around very long, especially when he allowed the first 2 to get on base in the 3rd. However, Gee bared down and somehow worked his way through the 3rd without giving up a run, and also worked out of trouble in the 4th and 5th. It is not very often a young starter can negotiate his way through 5 innings when having absolutely no command of any of his pitches. This type of mental toughness is something that will keep Gee around hopefully for many years.

After falling behind 3-1 after 2 innings of play, the Mets offense finally kicked it in gear in the 6th. With runners on 2nd and 3rd, Jason Bay finally came through, lining a single into LF to cut the Marlins lead to 3-2, and advanced the tying run to 3rd with 1 out. Josh Thole however struck out and Lucas Duda grounded out to strand the tying run at 3rd base.

Then after a dominate inning of relief from Manny Acosta in the 6th, David Wright hit a clutch 2-run HR in the 7th to give the Mets a 4-3 lead. After another scoreless inning from Manny Acosta to get through the 7th, Bobby Parnell came on in the 8th and blew the lead. Logan Morrison quickly tied the game with a solo HR to lead off the inning. Then after a single and a SAC bunt, John Buck came off the bench and delivered a go-ahead RBI 2B to give the Marlins the lead for good at 5-4

Game Notes:
  • David Wright had another good day at the plate as he was 3-4, with a HR (7) and 2 RBI.
  • Jose Reyes went 2-5 today.
  • Angel Pagan was forced to leave today's game with heat exhaustion.
This is a tough loss to swallow. After Wright hit the clutch HR in the 7th, I thought the Mets would be able to hold on, however, Bobby Parnell did not have a good slider today and it cost him on both Morrison's solo HR and John Buck's RBI 2B. The Mets will look to rebound tomorrow night as they head to Cincinnati for a 4 game series.