The Mets avoided the sweep this afternoon and took the finale by a 10-4 score thanks to Dickey’s solid effort and a big day at the plate for Jeff Francoeur who exploded for four hits today.
R.A. Dickey gave the Mets another solid outing today and improved to 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA. Dickey worked seven innings and allowed four runs, three of them coming on a pair of home runs by Rickie Weeks. The knuckleballer showed excellent control for his third straight outing and walked none while striking out three. It was Dickey’s longest Major League outing since he pitching seven innings on Aug. 5, 2008. He is certainly making a solid case to become a permanent member of the rotation barring any trades in the future.
The Mets’ bullpen, shutdown the Brewers for the final two innings, with Pedro Feliciano, Elmer Dessens and Frankie Rodriguez all getting some work.
Jeff Francoeur was the hitting star of the game and after a two hit game on Saturday, Frenchy had a big four hit game today that included two doubles, two RBI, three runs and a stolen base, his sixth swipe of the season. It was his seventh career four-hit game, and it looks like he’s finally out of his prolonged slump and ready to go on another one of his hot streaks.
Henry Blanco caught the knuckleballer and had a great day going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a walk and two runs scored. He is now batting .306 and defensively he has not allowed a stolen base yet this season.
Angel Pagan hit a two-run homer in the seventh, his fourth, as part of a 2-4 day with a couple of runs scored. He continues to play some solid baseball in every aspect of his game. If Beltran comes back, and I know that’s a big if, Pagan has earned the right to at least a platoon in rightfield with Francoeur. Truth be told, with the way Francoeur demolishes LHP (.325 vs LHP), and Pagan RHP (.300 vs RHP), we’d be getting tremendous production out of that corner.
Our own Mikey J was at the game and sent me this pic from his phone. Maybe he’ll tell us about his experience when he posts later this week.
Luis Castillo had the biggest hit, breaking a 2-2 tie with a two-out, two-run single in the sixth inning.
Jeff Francoeur gets the game ball with the hope that he builds on his 6-8 weekend.
The Mets head out to Petco Park in San Diego where Hisanori Takahashi takes on Kevin Correia in the first of a three game series. Tak has been tremendous and looks to pick up his fifth win. Game time is 10:05 PM. LGM!