DENVER, CO - APRIL 28: Starting pitcher Dillon Gee #35 of the New York Mets pitches in the third inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on April 28, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
One of WPIX's Keys To The Game for the Mets tonight was "short-term memory," as in "let's move on from last night's game." When Josh Thole made a throwing error on a stolen base attempt by Marco Scutaro in the first inning, it looked like a continuation of the six-error Friday suckfest was in the works. However, the Mets were error-free the rest of the way and Dillon Gee threw a Coors Field gem en route to victory.
Gee gave up four runs and struck out seven in seven innings. He threw 116 pitches, a career high, giving the bullpen a breather after last night's shellacking. It got dicey for Gee in the fourth inning, when he allowed four straight hits to the heart of the Rockies' batting order to start the inning. He limited the damage -- relatively speaking -- giving up three runs in the frame. He was ice after that, throwing three scoreless frames and exiting on a swinging strikeout of Jonathan Herrera to end the seventh inning.
The heart of the Mets order killed it tonight. Ruben Tejada, Daniel Murphy, David Wright, and Lucas Duda combined to go 11-for-18, with Duda cracking a two-run home run in the second inning to put the Mets on the board. He also hit a two-run single in the sixth inning to break a 4-4 tie, giving the Mets the lead for good. Ike Davis had a quietly encouraging game, going 1-for-3 with a walk. The two outs he made were hit hard. Scott Hairston was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, unable to replicate his magical Friday night.
Tim Byrdak pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Frank Francisco "saved" it in the ninth, but only after allowing a solo home run to Dexter Fowler and a triple to Tyler Colvin. Jason Giambi is apparently still in the league and flew out to Kirk Nieuwenhuis to end the game.