Monday, April 22, 2013

Happy Recap: Game 17 - Nationals at Mets - Buck hits HR #7, Parnell closes door


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Washington (10-8)000000000043
N.Y. Mets (9-8)«01010000x240

W: D. Gee (1-3) L: J. Zimmermann (3-1) S: B. Parnell (2)
HR: WAS - None   NYM - J. Buck (7)

Recap:
John Buck hit a solo home run and Mike Baxter added an RBI, and the New York Mets relied on 5 2/3 shutout innings from Dillon Gee to take a 2-0 victory over the Washington Nationals in the rubber match of a three-game set.

Gee (1-3) allowed just three hits and three walks while striking out six to avoid becoming the first Mets starter since Steve Trachsel in 2001 to lose his first four starts of April.

David Wright walked twice and scored a run for the Mets, who won a series versus Washington for the first time since September 2-4, 2011.

"We haven't got everything all in sync," Washington manager Davey Johnson said. "The bullpen is starting to come together and I think we'll be fine."

Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann (3-1), who was looking to become the first Nationals pitcher in 16 years to win his first four starts of the season, gave up two runs on two hits over five innings. He fanned four and walked three.

"I had to battle all day and I was behind in the count most of the day," Zimmermann said, "and when you do that, you are going to throw a lot more pitches."

Buck put the Mets on the board by leading off the bottom of the second inning with a solo blast to left for his seventh homer and 22nd RBI of the season.

Wright drew a walk in the fourth and soon advanced to third on a hit-and-run single by Ike Davis. After Lucas Duda walked to load the bases, Baxter hit a deep sacrifice fly to center to score Wright and make it 2-0.

With two outs in the top of the fifth, Gee ran into some trouble. He walked Bryce Harper and followed with a wild pitch before walking Adam LaRoche to put runners on first and second. LaTroy Hawkins then came on in relief and ended the threat by striking out Ian Desmond.

Washington's best chance of finding the scoreboard came in the eighth versus reliever Scott Rice. Steve Lombardozzi opened up the inning with a pinch-hit single and Denard Span was walked. Rice, however, forced Jayson Werth to ground into a 6-4-3 double play and then struck out Harper to end the inning and bring the home crowd to its feet.

"Jayson Werth gets paid a lot of money to be driving in runs, so he's going to be hacking in those types of situations." Rice said. "[I was thinking], 'Just get out of it. Get a ground ball, throw a strike.' I was having a little trouble getting the ball over the plate today, but I was able to make the pitch when it mattered and got out of it."

Bobby Parnell tossed a perfect ninth to pick up his second save of the season.

Game Notes

The last Washington pitcher to win his first four starts of the season was Pedro Martinez, who won his first seven outings in 1997 when the team was in Montreal ... Gee is 4-1 in seven games versus the Nationals ... Washington had won 13 of its last 15 games at Citi Field ... Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was placed on the disabled list Saturday with a hamstring injury. Anthony Rendon replaced him in the lineup after being recalled from the minors and went 0-for-4 ... Harper and Werth combined for two of the Nationals' four hits.

Box Score:

WashingtonABRHRBI2B3BHRWKAVG
Denard Span CF200000021.271
Jayson Werth RF401000001.275
Bryce Harper LF301000011.369
Adam LaRoche 1B301000012.200
Ian Desmond SS400000001.290
Anthony Rendon 3B400000002.000
Danny Espinosa 2B300000002.170
Kurt Suzuki C300000001.257
Jordan Zimmermann P200000000.000
  Zach Duke P000000000.000
  Steve Lombardozzi PH101000000.333
  Henry Rodriguez P000000000.000
Totals29040000411
NY MetsABRHRBI2B3BHRWKAVG
Jordany Valdespin CF300000002.282
  Collin Cowgill PH-CF-LF100000001.200
Daniel Murphy 2B401000000.348
David Wright 3B210000020.311
Ike Davis 1B401000001.167
John Buck C411100101.290
Lucas Duda LF300000013.273
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000
Mike Baxter RF201100000.240
Ruben Tejada SS300000001.220
Dillon Gee P200000000.167
  LaTroy Hawkins P000000000.000
  Brandon Lyon P000000000.000
  Marlon Byrd PH100000001.259
  Scott Rice P000000000.000
  Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF000000000.125
Totals29242001310


E_B.Harper, I.Desmond, A.Rendon. LOB_Washington 6, NY Mets 7. HR_J.Buck (7) off J.Zimmermann. SF_M.Baxter. SB_J.Valdespin (3), D.Wright (5). GIDP_J.Werth. DP_NY Mets 1 (R.Tejada, D.Murphy and I.Davis).

WashingtonIPHRERBBSOHRPC-STERA
Jordan Zimmermann (L 3-1)5.022234196-602.67
Zach Duke2.020004031-226.52
Henry Rodriguez1.000002017-104.26
NY MetsIPHRERBBSOHRPC-STERA
Dillon Gee (W 1-3)5.230036098-575.95
LaTroy Hawkins (H 1)0.10000105-35.40
Brandon Lyon (H 2)1.000001016-81.29
Scott Rice (H 2)1.010011019-81.00
Bobby Parnell (S 2)1.000002015-91.35


WP_D.Gee.
T_2:53. A_26225.
Umpires_Home,Mark Carlson; First, Mike Muchlinski; Second, Brian Knight; Third, Gerry Davis.


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