R.A. Dickey came out and pitched a solid game, and the Mets took the first game in this home stand from the Marlins 4-3
R.A. Dickey went out today, and threw the most knuckle balls in one game that he has thrown in any game this season, going 6 1/3 innings, giving up 3 runs on 7 hits with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. Dickey was just laying knuckler after knuckler out there and begging the Marlins to do what they could with it. After a rocky first 2 innings, not helped by an Ike Davis error that allowed 2 to score, Dickey settled into a groove and didn’t seem phased. R.A. got his 3rd win as Met, with no losses. What a fan has to love is that he just throws the ball and doesn’t over think. It was also his 3rd quality start in 4 outings.
The bullpen came out and pitched 2 2/3 innings of scoreless ball. Pedro Feliciano relieved R.A. Dickey and pitched 1/3 of an inning, giving up a hit. Pedro has looked uncomfortable on the mound, only pitching in situations and spurts, including his last 2 outings before this not recording an out. Elmer Dessens came in to finish up the 7th, and pitch the 8th inning and was good. Elmer struck out 1 in 1 1/3 innings and hit Jorge Cantu with a pitch. Frankie Rodriguez came out for another cardiac-save, ending the game on a great play by David Wright to throw out a non-hustling Hanley Ramirez.
Fernando Nieve was warming up in the event Dessens faltered, but he didn’t appear. He hasn’t pitched since his horrible outing against the Brewers
The offense was consistent today, scoring in bunches in the 3rd and the 6th.R.A. Dickey helped his own cause, hitting an RBI single that scored newly recalled Ruben Tejada. Jason Bay proceeded to score R.A. Dickey on a long double to the left center gap. Jeff Francoeur continued his torrid hitting over the last 2 weeks, going 2-4 with an RBI single in the sixth to tie the game. Ruben Tejada earned his first RBI of his MLB career with a groundout in the 6th, plating the go ahead run.
David Wright in addition to making a few great plays, went 0-2 with 2 walks. Any day David looks comfortable and doesn’t strike out is a good sign, and hopefully he is turning a corner with how he is seeing the ball.
Jose Reyes went 1-2 with 2 walks and an SB. It’s looking like a good year, as Jose is already at 14 SB’s.
Chris Carter is 1 for his last 9 with the only hit an RBI single.
When Jeff Francoeur hit the RBI single, it put the Mets and Ruben Tejada in a great position to go ahead with just contact.
R.A. Dickey, plain and simple. Throw strikes, check. Pitch 6 innings. check. Hit? why not, check. The only thing he could’ve done more for the Mets was catch his own knuckle ball as he threw it. Great Game
The Mets will look to take the second game of the series, in the return of Jonathon Niese from a strained hamstring. The Marlins will send out Nate Robertson, who has won both of his starts against the Mets this year. Game time is 4:10 P.M.