September 7, 2010: Gee Whizzes Nats in Debut

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Date: September 7, 2010
Mets starter: Dillon Gee
Mets: 4
Nationals: 1
Winning pitcher: Dillon Gee
Key player(s): Dillon Gee, Ike Davis
Key play: Davis’s home run, Gee’s single

The Mets faced the Nationals on a Tuesday night in Washington. Dillon Gee took the mound for the Mets in his first game in the major leagues. Gee pitched seven innings of two-hit ball and had a run-scoring single to record the win in a 4-1 Mets victory over the Nats.

With one out in the top of the first, Luis Hernandez singled against Washington starter Yunesky Maya (also making his major league debut.) Carlos Beltran hit a single and Ike Davis homered for a 3-0 Mets lead. Mike Hessman drew a walk and Lucas Duda followed with a ground ball to second baseman Danny Espinosa for an inning-ending double play. Gee retired all three Nationals hitters on fly balls to center fielder Beltran in the bottom half and Ruben Tejada got a one-out double in the top of the second. An ensuing single by Gee scored Tejada with the Mets’ fourth run of the game. Maya struck out Angel Pagan and retired Hernandez on a pop-up to catcher Wilson Ramos to end the inning. Dillon then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Gee and Maya each pitched scoreless and hitless ball from the third inning to the fifth. In the top of the sixth, Nats’ reliever Ross Detwiler held the Mets to a leadoff single by Davis. Pinch-hitter Willie Harris homered for the first hit off Dillon to begin the bottom of the inning. Nyjer Morgan grounded out to second baseman Hernandez and a walk to Ian Desmond ensued. Gee retired Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn on consecutive fly balls to right fielder Pagan to close out the inning. Detwiler set down the Mets in order in the top of the seventh and pinch-hitter Kevin Mench singled with one out in the bottom half. Espinosa followed with a force play grounder to Hernandez. Gee then got Ramos to ground out to shortstop Tejada and end the inning.

Washington’s Collin Balester pitched a perfect top of the eighth. For the Mets, relievers Pedro Feliciano and Bobby Parnell combined to retire the side in order in the bottom half. Balester set down all three New York batters in the top of the ninth and Zimmerman singled against the Mets’ Hisanori Takahashi to lead off the bottom of the inning. Dunn was called out on strikes and Zimmerman advanced to second base on a wild pitch. A pinch-hit single by Alberto Gonzalez moved Zimmerman to third. Takahashi then got pinch-hitter Ivan Rodriguez on a ground ball to Tejada for a double play that ended the game. The Mets had triumphed as Gee chalked up the win in his big league debut.