July 7, 2012: Valdespin and Davis Slug Cubs
|Date: July 7, 2012|
|Mets starter: Dillon Gee|
|Winning pitcher: Dillon Gee|
|Key player(s): Dillon Gee, Jordany Valdespin, Ike Davis|
|Key play: Valdespin’s and Davis’s home runs|
Mets’ starter Dillon Gee gave up only a single to Starlin Castro in the top of the first inning. The Cubs’ Jeff Samardzija surrendered just a walk to David Wright in the bottom half and Gee pitched a perfect top of the second. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Valdespin homered for a 1-0 Mets lead. Josh Thole flied out to center fielder David DeJesus and a single by Kirk Nieuwenhuis followed. Samardzija then got Gee to hit a ground ball to shortstop Castro for the inning’s third out.
Gee shut down the Cubs in the top of the third. Ruben Tejada singled to lead off the bottom of the inning. Tejada advanced to second base on Daniel Murphy’s ground out to Samardzija and to third on Wright’s ground out to Castro. Davis connected for a two-run homer that extended the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Samardzija then struck out Lucas Duda to end the inning.
After scoreless fourth and fifth innings, Luis Valbuena doubled to open the top of the sixth. Valbuena moved to third base on Samardzija’s ground out to second baseman Murphy and came home on a single by DeJesus. Castro hit a force play grounder to shortstop Tejada and a single by Anthony Rizzo ensued. Gee fanned Alfonso Soriano to close out the inning and Duda drew a one-out walk in the bottom half. Valdespin singled and Thole flied out to left fielder Soriano. Samardzija then retired Nieuwenhuis on a ground ball to first baseman Rizzo to finish off the inning.
Gee yielded just a single to Darwin Barney in the top of the seventh. Samardzija limited the Mets to a single by Tejada in the bottom half and Dillon set down the side in order in the top of the eighth. Chicago relievers Scott Maine and Manuel Corpas combined for a scoreless bottom of the inning and Rizzo doubled against New York’s Bobby Parnell to begin the top of the ninth. Soriano flied out to center fielder Nieuwenhuis and a pop-up by Bryan LaHair was caught by Tejada. Parnell then threw a called third strike past Steve Clevenger for the final out of the game. The Mets had a solid victory.