Sunday, April 27, 2014

Gee throws eight shutout frames to top Fish



NEW YORK -- The Mets keep chugging right along. Unfazed by a rare pitching blip in Saturday's loss to the Marlins, they rebounded behind Dillon Gee for a crisp 4-0 win in Sunday's series finale at Citi Field.

Gee continued living up to his role as de facto staff ace, firing eight shutout innings to deliver his third consecutive quality start. He did not allow a hit until the fourth, and though he routinely found himself in trouble after that, he generated two key double plays to stall promising rallies in the middle innings.

The former, off the bat of Marcell Ozuna, helped Gee work around a pair of walks in the sixth. The latter, from Adeiny Hechavarria, ensured that Gee would not melt down late in the game, as he made a habit of doing early this season.

Gee struck out six and walked four, allowing three hits.

It helped that by the middle innings, Gee was pitching with a comfortable cushion. Chris Young's two-run homer in the fifth gave the Mets a four-run lead off Marlins starter Tom Koehler, who needed 109 pitches to complete five innings. Koehler, a New York native who attended SUNY Stony Brook, also gave up RBI doubles to Lucas Duda and David Wright in the second and fifth innings, respectively.

Gee's long outing allowed the Mets to save their bullpen -- something they have been unable to do throughout the young season. His eight innings marked the longest outing by any Mets starter this season, and with an off-day on Monday, the Mets will begin a nine-game road trip through Philadelphia, Colorado and Miami with a completely fresh bullpen.

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