Saturday, August 31, 2013

Game #133: Mets 3, Nationals 2

And with one day to go before the end of August, a New York starter got to double-digit victories.

Ike Davis's home run and Daniel Murphy's hustle backed Dillon Gee's 10th W as the Mets knocked off the surging Nationals 3-2.

The Good Stuff:
  • As has become expected this summer, Dillon Gee was masterful on the mound, allowing two runs on six hits in 7.2 innings, walking one and striking out three on an efficient 97 pitches.
  • Ike Davis supplied the first of the offense, socking a two-run homer to left center off Jordan Zimmerman in the 4th.
  • Daniel Murphy went 2-4 with a double and two runs, his second score coming on a hustle play in the 8th when he took advantage of Ryan Zimmerman's wild throw on Andrew Brown's infield single to make it 3-1.
  • Travis d'Arnaud went 2-4 with a double, increasing his hit total in the major leagues from three to five.
  • Scott Rice was tasked with getting Gee out of a jam in the bottom of the 8th and succeeded in his task, forcing Bryce Harper to ground out to second with two on and two out.
  • LaTroy Hawkins made quick work of Washington in the 9th, sitting the Nats down 1-2-3 on 10 pitches.
The Bad Stuff:
  • The team hit just 1-10 with RISP and stranded five.
Final Analysis:
At the very least the Mets can play spoilermakers for the Nationals, who have been on an upswing as of late as they go after that final Wild Card slot. The visitors at Nationals Park did their job of pouring cold water on their #Natitude, and Dillon Gee continued to impress as he reminds Mets fans that there is life after Matt Harvey.


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