The Mets continued to prove no impediment to the Braves' surge towards the NL Wild Card, dropping a 4-2 clunker to Tim Hudson's dominant sinker. Hudson struck out seven and registered six times as many ground outs as fly outs, limiting the Mets to just six hits and two runs -- on solo home runs by Jose Reyes and Luis Hernandez -- over seven innings.
In his third big league start, Dillon Gee fared reasonably well, keeping the Braves to three runs over seven innings. Gee was extremely efficient, too, throwing just 95 pitches along the way, and the seven innings pitched give him 20 overall in his first three outings. His peripherals wouldn't seem to support his 1.80 ERA -- he has ten strikeouts and an equal number of walks -- so if more batted balls start finding their way into open spaces instead of fielders' gloves Gee could take an awful tumble from his pedestal.
If you didn't see the game then you missed the Luis Hernandez doing his best Kirk Gibson impression leading off the fifth inning. After taking ball one, Hernandez fouled Hudson's next pitch off his right foot and tumbled to the ground in agony. Only later would we learn that Hernandez had actually broken a bone in his foot on the play. After taking five minutes to limp off the pain, Hernandez stepped back into the batter's box and smashed Hudson's next offering into the right field stands for his second career home run. Hernandez took some 35 seconds to circle the bases, which puts him in the discussion for the longest tater trot of the season, rivaling Luke Scott's 35.76-second circuit on June 30 during which he pulled a hammy.
Lucas Duda went 1-for-2 with a double, his fourth extra-base hit in his last three games, before being pulled for Nick Evans in the ninth. David Wright went 0-for-3 with a walk and saw his OPS drop to .842. Angel Pagan went 2-for-4 and stole his 35th base of the season in his 44th attempt (79.5%). That was pretty much it for the offense, which hit ground out upon ground out including three that resulted in double plays.
R.A.Dickey takes on Derek Lowe at 1:10pm on Sunday as the Mets and Braves close out their series.
Hudson, Gonzalez teach homily
No one is perfect, not even Gee
Big winners: Jose Reyes, +17.7% WPA, Luis Hernandez, +5.5% WPA
Big losers: Carlos Beltran, -18.3% WPA, Ike Davis, -14.3% WPAbr /> Teh aw3s0mest play: Hernandez solo home run in fifth, +13.0% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Pagan double play grounder in eighth, -20.5% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: -4.8% WPA
Total batter WPA: -45.2% WPA
GWRBI!: Alex Gonzalez
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