After a great outing by Dillon Gee 7 IP 2 H 3 BB 3 SO , the Mets took a scoreless effort into the ninth inning against the Atlanta Braves and again the Mets loose 2-1. Center-Fielder Jason Heyward made an amazing game ending diving catch in left center field against Justin Turner with two men on and two outs.
Tonight Dillon Gee took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, only to get a no-decision. Bobby Parnell, asked to protect a one run lead in the ninth inning in Monday’s game and surrendered a pair of runs.
Parnell gave up consecutive singles to open up the ninth and a one out passed ball by catcher John Buck advanced both runners to a base, Chris Johnson had an RBI groundout and then Reed Johnson single the go ahead run to give the Braves the 2-1 lead. Before that Parnell hadn’t allowed an earned run in his previous nine innings and had converted 15 of his 16 save opportunities.
If this sounds like deja vu, it’s for a good reason: Gee had taken a 1-0 lead into the ninth on June 17 in Atlanta only to allow a walk off two run homer to Freddie Freeman as the Braves won 2-1. The Mets, where looking to close the gap on Atlanta to within nine games of the Braves for the first time since May 31, instead that lost puts the Mets 11 games within the Braves.
It marked the fourth time this year the Mets had taken a no hit bid into the seventh The other three where by Mets ace Matt Harvey. Gee was poised to move above the .500 mark for the first time all season. Instead Gee took a no decision for his 96 pitch effort tonight. The lone run for the Mets came in the fourth inning . When Right fielder Justin Upton misplayed a Marlon Bryd sinking liner into a leadoff triple. Ike Davis followed that by a run scoring single. Next up Carlos Torres (0-1, 0.79 era) makes his start for the Mets tomorrow. He opposes right hander Kris Medlen (6-9, 3.64) at 7:10 pm Tuesday.