In a stellar outing from R.A. Dickey, the Mets offense, especially Jose Reyes came alive and defeated the Phillies 8-0.
R.A. Dickey went out for his second appearance as a Met, and was dominant through 6 innings, giving up no runs on 7 hits with 3 walks to go with 7 strikeouts. The hits were scattered, mostly in the 2nd where Dickey loaded the bases and then got out of it, and in the 6th when he struck out pinch hitter Gregg Dobbs to get out of the 6th inning. Dickey was beyond effective, and threw 103 pitches. If the game wasn’t already 5-0, Dickey may have been able to go another inning or two just based on effectiveness. Raul Valdes came out to get the 3 inning save, striking out four, walking two, giving up two hits and hitting an RBI double in the 8th inning.
This may have been one of the best overall pitching performances the Mets have had combined all season, striking out 11 Phillies and only giving up 9 hits with 5 walks overall. The Phillies only managed one extra base hit, and it was in the 7th inning. Great outings all around.
The bats, and for one of the first times this season the legs came alive. The Mets as a team, stole 3 bases including 2 by the resurgent Jose Reyes and one by the scorching hot Jason Bay. The Mets peppered the ball around, scoring in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th innings. Jeff Francoeur had a major day today. Frenchy went 2 for 3 with a run, 2 RBI and a Sac Fly. Frenchy has proven he will play the team game and go for the sacrifice fly. Jason Bay went
Jose Reyes went 3-5 with a bunt single and 2 stolen bases, including a key steal of 3rd base in the 1st inning that allowed him to score off of a Jason Bay groundout
The only position player to go hitless was Ike Davis, and he was 0-3 with a walk. Not one Mets batter struck out today.
Ex-Met Nelson Figueroa proved his loyalty to the Mets, getting hit hard for 3 runs on 4 hits in one inning of work.
When R.A. Dickey got himself into a no out, bases-loaded jam in the 2nd inning and worked around it by coaxing a ground ball double play that he initiated and getting Phillies starter Jamie Moyer swinging for the 3rd out.
The game ball goes to R.A. Dickey, for his spectacular outing. Words really cannot express how crucial it was to give the majority of the bullpen the day off and to defeat the Phillies.
The Mets will send out Hisanori Takahashi who will look to keep this 3 game winning streak going again Joe Blanton of the Phillies. Game time is 7:10 PM