Whatever happens this season, at least the Mets and their fans can say this — the Mets swept the Subway Series from the Yankees. They won Game 4 Thursday night as Dillon Gee pitched the best game of his career.
Justin Turner led off the game with the double, and every Mets fan was hoping for a repeat of Wednesday’s five-run first inning outburst. But it was not to be, as the next three batters were retired.
The Yankees led off the bottom of the first with two straight singles, but Dillon Gee was able to get the next three outs as well.
Yankees starter Vidal Nuno walked Lucas Duda to lead off the second inning, and then Marlon Byrd hit a monster shot into the second deck in left field to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. Anthony Recker then doubled, but Nuno was able to get out of the inning without further damage.
Just like the first inning , Gee had to pitch out of trouble in the bottom of the second. Brennan Boesch led off with a single. David Adams hit an easy grounder to Omar Quintanilla, up for the injured Ruben Tejada at short. The ball went right through his legs for an error on his first fielding attempt of the season. Gee got a strikeout and a double play to keep the Yankees off the board.
But that only lasted until the third inning, when Robinson Cano hit a line drive over the wall in right to cut the lead to 2-1.
After all of that early action both starters settled down. Nuno went six innings, allowing two runs on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
With a runner on second and two outs in the eighth, the Yankees chose to intentionally walk David Wright to face John Buck. Joba Chamberlain came in, making his first appearance since going on the DL in late April. He uncorked a wild pitch to move the runners to second and third. Buck hit a slow roller up the third base line. The Yankees were praying it would go foul but it hit the base in fair territory. One run scored to make it 3-1.
Dillon Gee was cruising along, striking out the last five hitters he faced when for some reason Terry Collins pulled him from the game with one out in the eighth inning after throwing just 88 pitches. I can’t wait for that explanation. Scott Rice, of course, came on to get the next two outs.
So Gee went 7.1 dominant innings, allowing one run on four hits. He struck out a career high 12 Yankees and didn’t walk a batter. He didn’t allow a baserunner after the Cano homer.
Bobby Parnell earned his ninth save of the season with a perfect ninth inning.
Mets win 3-1 to sweep the Subway Series. They are riding a five-game winning streak as they head to Miami for a weekend series against the lowly Marlins.