It looked like Dillon Gee was going to turn in a second straight good start Friday night against the Phillies. Then came one disastrous inning that would lose the game for the Mets.
The game was scoreless until the sixth inning when Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Michael Young each singled to produce a run. Then Ryan Howard swatted a Gee pitch over the wall in center field to make it 4-0 Phillies.
Gee finished out the inning and was removed from the game after just 83 pitches. He let up four runs on seven hits, with four strikeouts and a walk. It was disappointing considering how well he pitched in his last start (5.2 innings of scoreless ball) and how he looked in the first five innings.
Kyle Kendrick, meanwhile, just mowed down the Mets, throwing a complete game shutout, allowing just three hits, striking out five Mets and walking one. The new look lineup featuring Daniel Murphy third and David Wright fourth accomplished nothing.
Jeurys Familia pitched two scoreless innings and the struggling Josh Edgin threw a much-needed perfect ninth. We’ve seen the last of one of them for a while; someone’s got to be sent down to make room for Shaun Marcum, and it is likely that it will be either Familia or Edgin.
Mets lose 4-0. It’s the first time they have been shut out this season and the first time that the have fallen below .500.
Marcum makes his Mets debut Saturday. The team needs him to become a reliable starter, a quality in short supply in Flushing these days.