With Cliff Lee getting the start for the Phillies and Dillon Gee getting the start for the Mets, the series opener went about as well for the Mets as anyone who watches baseball would have expected.
Although Gee's shown himself to be a capable major league pitcher so far, his downward trend continued over the course of three-and-two-thirds innings of work. He struck out three but walked a staggering six in his brief outing, and for that, he paid dearly.
In the second inning, Gee gave up a single to Hunter Pence and got two outs before Pence advanced to second on a pitch that got by Ronny Paulino. Wilson Valdez singled to drive him in, Cliff Lee singled to keep the inning alive, and Shane Victorino tripled down the right field line to put the Phillies ahead by three.
Gee didn't fare much better in the third inning, even though he retired Chase Utley and Ryan Howard to start the inning. He followed that up by issuing one of his walks to Pence, and John Mayberry hit a line-drive home run to left field to extend the Phillies' lead to five.
To top it all off, Gee wouldn't make it out of the fourth inning after he started with a pair of walks to Victorino and Placido Polanco. He once again got Utley and Howard out, but then he walked Pence to loaded the bases and walked Mayberry to force in a run and put an end to his miserable night on the mound.
Ryota Igarashi was called upon to clean up the mess but allowed a two-run single to Carlos Ruiz before getting out of the inning, making the score 8-0 at the time. Iggy went on to allow a two-run bomb to Pence in the sixth inning to make it 10-0 in favor of the Phillies.
While all that was going on, Cliff Lee dominated the Mets for seven innings before turning the game over to the bullpen, which also kept the Mets off the board through the end of the game.
The series continues tomorrow night at 7:05 pm with Jon Niese getting the start for New York and Vance Worley on the mound for Philadelphia.
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Win Probability Added
Big winners: Ruben Tejada, +3.5% WPA
Big losers: Dillon Gee, -30.9% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Lucas Duda single in the second, +3.8% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Shane Victorino two-run triple in the second, -16.9% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: -32.6% WPA
Total batter WPA: -17.4% WPA
GWRBI!: Wilson Valdez
Game Thread Roll Call
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