Dillon Gee took a perfect game into the fifth inning as the Mets beat the Diamondbacks Wednesday afternoon to sweep the series in Arizona.
The Mets got on the scoreboard first when Anthony Recker hit a solo home run in the second. It was Recker’s second homer of the season. He always seems to do something good when he fills in for Travis d’Arnaud.
The Mets made it 2-0 in the fourth when Ike Davis singled, Andrew Brown doubled and Davis scored on a sacrifice fly.
Gee was perfect through 4.2 innings when Martin Prado singled past a diving David Wright. Ironically, the hit came right after Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez commented that Gee was perfect and that they will try not to jinx him!
Brown led off the sixth inning with a single. With one out he went to third when Recker doubled. Ruben Tejada was intentionally walked to face Gee. He hit a bouncer to first basemen Paul Goldschmidt, who was playing in. Goldschmidt couldn’t field the ball cleanly and had to go to first as Brown crossed the plate for a 3-0 lead. That was all for Brandon McCarthy. Joe Thatcher came on with runners in second and third with two outs and struck out Eric Young to end the inning.
As he often does late in games after 90 pitches, Dillon Gee seemed to tire in the seventh. The only difference was that Gee’s pitch count was in the 60s at that point. With one out Goldschmidt doubled high off the wall in center. Miguel Montero followed with a long drive to right. Brown saved him with a great catch for the second out. He was able to get the third out to keep the Diamondbacks off the board.
Terry Collins correctly, in my opinion, took Gee out of the game after seven scoreless innings despite only 72 pitches thrown. Dillon Gee has proven time and time again that he cannot last much longer. Gee has given up late runs in all three of his previous starts this season. And since he was hit hard in the seventh, why trot him out there for the eighth? Better to take Dillon Gee out too early than too late, especially with the game still close.
Kyle Farnsworth allowed two hits in the eighth and left with runners on first and second with two outs. Scott Rice, who has struggled thus far this season, got Gerardo Parra to ground out to end the threat.
The Diamondbacks helped give the Mets two runs in the fifth as they committed two errors to make it 5-0.
Those two runs were huge because Jose Valverde did not pitch well in the ninth. He allowed back-to-back home runs by Aaron Hill and Goldschmidt to lead off the bottom of the ninth to make it 5-2. He also allowed a single but was able to get out if it and complete the sweep/
Mets win 5-2.