May 4, 2014: Gee, Doubles Down Rockies

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Date: May 4, 2014
Mets starter: Dillon Gee
Mets: 5
Rockies: 1
Winning pitcher: Dillon Gee
Key player(s): Dillon Gee, Juan Lagares, David Wright, Chris Young
Key play: Mets’ RBI doubles

The Mets faced the Rockies on a Sunday afternoon in Colorado. The teams played the finale of a four-game series at Denver’s Coors Field. Dillon Gee pitched six scoreless innings and the Mets collected five doubles (four of which were run-scoring) in a 5-1 win.

Juan Lagares singled against Rockies’ starter Jhoulys Chacin to lead off the top of the first. Daniel Murphy followed with a single and David Wright flied out to center fielder Corey Dickerson. Curtis Granderson singled to drive home Lagares for a one-run Mets lead. Chris Young was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Carlos Gonzalez, after which Murphy got caught off base and was tagged out by shortstop Charlie Culberson for an inning-ending double play. Gee then gave up only a double to Culberson in the bottom half.

After a scoreless second, Murphy drew a one-out walk in the top of the third. Wright hit a double to score Murphy and a walk to Granderson ensued. Young doubled to bring home Wright and extend the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Lucas Duda was walked intentionally to load the bases and Chacin got Travis d'Arnaud on a double play ground ball to second baseman DJ LeMahieu that closed out the inning. Gee then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Lagares hit a double with two outs in the top of the fourth. Murphy doubled to drive home Lagares with the Mets’ fourth run and Wright fouled out to first baseman Justin Morneau to finish off the inning. Gee yielded just a double to Nolan Arenado in the bottom half and Young got a one-out single in the top of the fifth. Chris stole second base and Duda drew a walk. Chacin fanned both d’Arnaud and Omar Quintanilla for the inning’s final outs. With one out in the bottom half, LeMahieu walked and pinch-hitter Brandon Barnes hit a single. Charlie Blackmon followed with a force play grounder to second baseman Murphy. Gee then got Culberson to ground out to Murphy and end the inning.

Colorado reliever Tommy Kahnle gave up just a single to Lagares in the top of the sixth. Gee set down the side in order in the bottom half and Young drew a one-out walk in the top of the seventh. Duda doubled to plate Young and increase the Mets’ lead to 5-0. D’Arnaud was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Blackmon (after which Duda advanced to third base) and Kahnle got Quintanilla to hit an inning-ending ground ball to LeMahieu. Michael McKenry got a single against Gee to begin the bottom half. Dickerson singled and Mets’ reliever Carlos Torres retired LeMahieu on a grounder to shortstop Quintanilla. Torres followed up with a strikeout of pinch-hitter Drew Stubbs. New York’s Scott Rice then got Blackmon to fly out to center fielder Lagares and finish off the inning.

For the Mountain Men, reliever Matt Belisle pitched a perfect top of the eighth. The Mets’ Jeurys Familia pitched a scoreless bottom half and Belisle retired all three batters in the top of the ninth. Leading off the bottom of the inning, Morneau homered for the Rockies’ first run of the game. McKenry grounded out to Familia and a line drive by Dickerson was caught by Lagares. Familia then struck out LeMahieu to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory with a display of timely doubles.