July 9, 2014: Gee Wins in Return From DL
|Date: July 9, 2014|
|Mets starter: Dillon Gee|
|Winning pitcher: Dillon Gee|
|Key player(s): Dillon Gee, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Travis d'Arnaud|
|Key play: Nieuwenhuis’s sacrifice fly, d’Arnaud’s home run|
The Mets faced the Braves on a Wednesday night at Citi Field. The teams played the third of four games in a series. In his first game after coming off the disabled list, Dillon Gee pitched seven solid innings as the Mets defeated Atlanta, 4-1.
Gee hurled a scoreless top of the first. Daniel Murphy hit a one-out double against Braves’ starter Ervin Santana in the bottom half. David Wright lined out to center fielder B. J. Upton and a single by Lucas Duda brought home Murphy for a 1-0 Mets lead. Bobby Abreu grounded out to third baseman Chris Johnson to end the inning and Gee set down the side in order in the bottom half. Santana then pitched a perfect bottom half.
Gee and Santana each faced the minimum nine batters from the third inning to the fifth. Santana singled with two outs in the top of the sixth. B. J. Upton followed with a double to score Santana and tie the game at 1-1. On his own hit, B. J. Upton got caught in a rundown and was tagged by third baseman Wright for the inning’s final out. Murphy got a single with two outs in the bottom half. With Wright at bat, Daniel was caught by Santana’s pickoff throw and was tagged out by first baseman Freddie Freeman to finish off the inning.
Gee shut down the Braves in the top of the seventh. Wright hit a double to lead off the bottom half. David advanced to third base after Duda’s line out to right fielder Jason Heyward. Bobby Abreu drew a walk and was replaced on the bases by pinch-runner Juan Lagares. A sacrifice fly by Kirk Nieuwenhuis drove home Wright and put the Mets ahead, 2-1. Travis d'Arnaud slugged a homer to increase the New York lead to three runs. Santana then retired Ruben Tejada on a fly ball to B. J. Upton to close out the inning.
Tommy LaStella and Gerald Laird got back-to-back singles against Gee to begin the top of the eighth. Against Mets’ reliever Vic Black, pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit hit a force play ground ball to first baseman Duda. Black struck out B. J. Upton and retired Andrelton Simmons on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Nieuwenhuis. Atlanta reliever Anthony Varvaro hurled a perfect bottom half and New York’s Jenrry Mejia fanned Freeman to open the top of the ninth. Justin Upton and Heyward got consecutive singles and Johnson fouled out to first baseman Duda. A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third base. Mejia then fanned LaStella to end the game. The Mets had a victory as Gee recorded the win in his return.