Dillon Gee took to the hill tonight to keep the undefeated Mets undefeated. He was opposed by Nationals pitcher/reliever Ross Detwiler. 0-15 Ike Davis had the night off giving Mike Baxter the the first base duty. David Wright sat out as well with a pinkie injury that was later revealed to be a fracture that could cost the third baseman at least a couple of days on the bench.
The Nats jumped on the board early in this one when Ian Desmond went yard in the top of the first. It looked like the Mets were going to strike back when Rubin Tejada hit a double to lead off the bottom of the frame, but alas, he would be stranded at third for Detwiler would work his way out of the inning. Gee would get himself out of a jam in the top of the second with a nice double play started by himself.
Detwiler would kept the Mets scoreless for his entire outing. Gee worked around a lot of trouble but it wasn’t until the top of the sixth that Gee ran into some tough luck and let up another run. When Gee hit a 100 pitches, he was lifted for Bobby Parnell. In that frame, Dan Murphy booted a taylor made double play(his second misplay of the game) which added another run for the Nats thus adding to their lead. The Nationals kept tacking on while the Mets clearly struggled tonight to string together a couple of hits.
It wouldn’t be until the bottom of the seventh when the Mets got on the board. It would be Jason Bay who led off the inning with a well hit double. He was singled in by Justin Turner. In the bottom of the eighth, Rubin Tejada drew would draw a walk from Tyler Clippard and then be doubled in by a Ronnie Cedeno. It would be the last run the Mets would score for the night.
Side Notes: Murphy went back to his old ways and forgot how to play second tonight. He literally cost the Mets 4 outs and two runs with his play at second base. The Met offense just managed just 7 hits against the Nationals 13.
The Mets look to bounce back and take the rubber game tomorrow when they send their ace Johan Santana to the hill.