Astros Maul Met Pen

Dillon Gee no hit the Astros for six innings.  He walked Jonathan Villar in the third inning, facing one over the minimum and threw 61 pitches.  The Astros scored seven runs in the seventh off three different Met pitchers who threw 59 pitches to win the game 9-6 ending their six game home losing streak.

Scott Feldman got the start for the Astros.  He too only faced one over the minimum number of batters for the first four innings, giving up a single to Juan Lagares in the second inning.  Andrew Brown led off the fifth inning with a single.  With two out and Brown standing on third, Anthony Recker sent the first pitch from Feldman deep over the left field fence to give the Mets a 3-0 lead.

The Mets added another run in the sixth.  Daniel Murphy started the inning with a double down the left field line.  Juan Lagares drove him in with a single to right.  After a Matt Dominguez error put runners on second and third and one out there appeared to be some communication problems.  Carlos Corporan stuck out his arm to signal an intentional walk to Andrew Brown.  After Feldman threw the first wide one Bo Porter either changed his mind or told Carlos that he wanted to pitch to Brown.  Brown struck out on the next three pitches.  Porter brought in Brad Peacock to face Josh Satin and he got Satin to ground to short to end the threat allowing only one run.

John Lannan came out to start the seventh to face the two lefties.  Terry Collins yanked Lannan after he walked Robbie Grossman and pinch hitter Jesus GuzmanGonzalez Germen came in, giving up a walk and a single to the three hitters he faced, but running the count to 3-2 to all three batters, making it five batters in a row with a 3-2 count.  Carlos Torres came in and gave up back to back doubles to L.J. Hoes and Matt Dominguez to begin the rout.  The Astros batted 11 hitters in the inning and eight ran the count to 3-2.

The Mets came back to make the score 7-6 with three runs off Kevin Chapman in the eighth.  Juan Lagares started the inning with a triple after a futile diving attempt by L.J. Hoes in right field allowed the ball to roll to the fence.  The Mets collected four singles in the inning to tack on the three runs.

The Astros came back with two more runs off Jose Valverde.  An error by Mets leftfielder Travis Taijeron and a passed ball assisted the Astros in scoring the runs.  Anthony Bass retired the last four hitters to pick up the save, giving up two hits and striking out four.

Game Notes: The Astros pulled a shift for Ike DavisJuan Lagares stole second with Villar arriving to second too late.  In another shift for Davis, Matt Dominguez played the area normally reserved for the shortstop.  Some teams have kept their shortstop there and moved the third baseman to the right side.  Dominguez got a double play grounder hit at him and booted it…Anthony Recker showed good speed for a catcher.  He stole a base in the eighth inning…Marc Appel pitched an inning to make his spring debut.  He gave up just one hit and struck out two…John Lannan continues to nibble.  One of the most frustrating parts about watching the Lannan outings was having to sit through his 3-2 counts.  Myworld can’t imagine being an infielder behind him.

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