August 19, 2013: Fourteen Hits Pummel Twins

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Date: August 19, 2013
Mets starter: Dillon Gee
Mets: 6
Twins: 1
Winning pitcher: Dillon Gee
Key player(s): Dillon Gee, Andrew Brown, Eric Young
Key play: Brown’s and Young’s RBI singles

The Mets faced the Twins on a Monday afternoon in Minnesota. The teams played a makeup game from a postponement earlier in the season. The Mets collected a total of fourteen hits in a 6-1 win.

Eric Young and Daniel Murphy got back-to back singles to begin the top of the first inning. Marlon Byrd went down on strikes and Ike Davis drew a walk to load the bases. Andrew Brown hit a single to drive home Young with the first run of the game. Twins’ starter Kyle Gibson got Wilmer Flores on a ground ball to shortstop Pedro Florimon for an inning-ending double play. Mets’ starter Dillon Gee then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

Juan Lagares and Omar Quintanilla got consecutive singles with one out in the top of the second. Young singled to score Lagares for a 2-0 Mets lead. On the play, Quintanilla got caught between bases and was tagged out by third baseman Trevor Plouffe. Murphy grounded out to Gibson to finish off the inning. Gee then shut down the Twins in the bottom half.

Gibson pitched a perfect top of the third. Gee hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning and Flores doubled to begin the top of the fourth. Travis d'Arnaud drew a walk and Lagares got a bunt single that loaded the bases. Quintanilla singled to bring home Flores with the Mets’ third run. Young lined out to Plouffe, who then tagged d’Arnaud for an unassisted double play. Murphy hit a single to score Lagares and increase the New York lead to 4-0. Gibson was replaced on the mound by Minnesota reliever Anthony Swarzak, who got Byrd to hit a force play grounder to Florimon to close out the inning. Gee then yielded just a double to Justin Morneau in the bottom half.

Swarzak held the Mets to a single by Brown in the top of the fifth. Gee hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and Swarzak set down the Mets in order in the top of the sixth. Brian Dozier singled to lead off the bottom half. Joe Mauer hit a single and Dozier advanced to third base after Josh Willingham’s fly out to center fielder Lagares. Gee then got Morneau to hit a grounder to first baseman Davis for a double play that ended the inning.

Byrd got a one-out single against Swarzak in the top of the seventh. Davis was called out on strikes and Brown drew a walk. Flores singled to bring home Byrd for a 5-0 Mets lead. Twins’ reliever Brian Duensing fanned d’Arneau for the third out of the inning and Plouffe doubled with two outs in the bottom half. Clete Thomas hit a single that scored Plouffe with the first Minnesota run of the game. Gee then retired Florimon on a fly ball to Lagares to close out the inning.

Duensing hurled a perfect top of the eighth. Mauer hit a one-out double against Gee in the bottom half. Willingham was struck out and Mets’ reliever Scott Rice got Morneau on an inning-ending foul pop-up to catcher d’Arneau. With one out in the top of the ninth, Byrd slugged a homer against the Twins’ Jared Burton for the Mets’ fourteenth hit and sixth run. Burton then struck out Davis and retired Brown on a foul pop-up to Plouffe to finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever Scott Atchison got Ryan Doumit on a line drive to left fielder Young to begin the bottom of the ninth. Oswaldo Arcia was retired on a line drive to right fielder Byrd. Plouffe hit a single and moved to second base on defensive indifference. Atchison then retired Thomas on a ground ball to third baseman Flores to end the game. The Mets had a solid victory.