The Mets looked to maybe put the Braves further out of the Wild Card Race and N.L. East this afternoon and it was up to Dillon Gee to make it happen. The Braves sent Tim Hudson to the mound and in front of a decent crowd at Citi Field this afternoon, Gee pretty much kept pace with the Brave Ace. The Braves drew first blood in the second inning when Nate McLouth hit a double to the right field fence thus scoring Derrick Lee. Tim Hudson had two men on in the bottom of the frame but with two outs, Dillon Gee failed drive them in.
The Mets tied the game in the bottom of the third when Jose Reyes drove the ball into the right field seats. And it actually looked like it was going to be a big inning because Angel Pagan followed that with a base hit but then Carlos Beltran hit into a double play and David Wright grounded out to continue his torrid slump and end the inning.
The tie game wouldn’t last long, Brian McCann opened up the top of the 4th with a base hit and was moved to third on a Derrick Lee hit. With runners on the corners, Alex Gonzalez hit a base clearing double and was tagged out trying to advance to third.
In the bottom of the 5th, Luis Hernadaz hit a ball off his foot that took him 5 minutes to get up and get ready for the next offering by Hudson that he drove into the right field seats for his second home run, it literally looked like he broke his foot the way he gimped around the bases.
Gee pitched great, he gave up 3 earned runs over 7 innings. Pedro Feliciano came in for the 8th and pitched a scoreless frame. Rookie Jonny Venters pitched a scoreless bottom of the 8th. In the top of the 9th, Bobby Parnelle, who is getting really good at throwing 97 mph batting practice, served it up as Nate McLouth went yard and Alex Gonzalez just missed going back to back by inches. Takahashi would summoned to stop the bleeding.
Billy Wagner came in the bottom of the 9th and got the save.
Tomorrow R.A. Dickey will be on the bump and try salvage the series.