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Aug 14, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee (35) reacts against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Mets Dillon Gee gets interesting strike on Nationals Michael Taylor

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.

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