Monday, August 29, 2011

Signs Of Life At Citi.. Mets Sweep Double Dip!

Following a two day layoff due to hurricane turned tropical storm Irene, the Mets entered Monday looking forward to a single admission double-header against the Florida Marlins. Coming off Chris Capuano's gem on Friday, the Mets would receive two more spirited outings from RA Dickey and Dillon Gee.

The afternoon game at Citi Field featured what was essentially a pitchers dual between RA Dickey and Anibal Sanchez. The Mets were able to scratch ,out two runs early on as Justin Turner singled in Josh Thole in the second and Thole would turn around in the third and drive in Lucas Duda on a fielder's choice. That would be it for the Mets, as RA Dickey again received little run support but was able to keep the Marlins off balance. On the day, Dickey went 7.0 innings giving up 7 hits, but didn't allow a run. The Marlins lone run came off Bobby Parnell in the bottom of the ninth, when Gabby Sanchez hit an absolute rocket to center field leading to the final of 2-1.

The night cap of the double header was much of the same early on, as the game remained scoreless until a David Wright fielder's choice turned throwing error brought in Ruben Tejada in the fourth inning to give the Mets a one run lead. The Marlins would tie it on a Greg Dobbs solo shot in the sixth inning, before the Mets would pull away in the bottom of the inning. The Mets would eventually hang four earned runs on Marlins starter, Rickey Nolasco, putting up two in the sixth and one in the seventh. The Mets capped the scoring in the eighth inning when Mike Nickeas hit a singled to left to score Nick Evans which lead to the 5-1 final. This was the Mets' third consecutive strong pitching performance as Dillon Gee earned his career high, and team leading, twelfth win of the year.

The Mets will look to win the series tomorrow at 7:10 pm when Mike Pelfrey (7-10) faces off against Javier Vasquez (7-11).