New York Mets pitcher Dillon Gee proved last night that there is more than one way to get a strike. Washington Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor was at the plate in the sixth inning of Thursday night’s game when Gee got a little too “high and tight” with a pitch. Taylor ducked. Gee got a strike.
No, it was not just because an umpire had a very generous strike zone. The ball struck Taylor’s bat when he ducked, resulting in a foul tip strike. Taylor’s reaction was not nearly as classic as say, Willie Stargell‘s, but he couldn’t have been happy with the result.
Here he was seeing a fastball come straight for his eyes, only to get strike one on him. In a critical situation, no less. The Nats were down 4-1 with a runner on third and two outs. Taylor ended up striking out swinging. You can forgive him if he lost his concentration a bit.
The Nationals would go on to win 4-1 behind Stephen Strasburg‘s dominant seven innings. They also got two two-run homers on the night. One from Adam LaRoche, and the other from Met killer Bryce Harper.
The Mets’ lone run came on a Lucas Duda sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.