The Mets didn’t play much better in the nightcap of their doubleheader against the Giants on Monday — they lost 7-2 after dropping the opener 6-1.
Dillon Gee got hit hard, early and often — he allowed three runs in the first inning, including a mammoth home run by Pablo Sandoval into the upper deck in right field. The Giants added two more when Jason Bay just missed making a sensational catch on a Gregor Blanco double (left). Gee somehow lasted 6.2 innings in which he allowed seven runs on 12 hits.
The offense was virtually non-existent against starter Madison Bumgarner, managing just one run and three hits off of him over seven innings.
They fared a bit better against the bullpen. After scoring one run in the eighth, they loaded the bases with one out when Jordany Valdespin, who was called up earlier in the day to replace Ronny Cedeno (on the DL with the infamous left intercostal strain) made his major league debut by popping up on the first pitch he saw. Pinch hitter Ike Davis then struck out on a couple of questionable strike calls. Davis also left the bases loaded twice in the first game.
The Mets are now 8-8, and risk falling under .500 for the first time this season when they take on the Marlins and Jose Reyes Tuesday at Citi Field.