Offense Erupts, Dickey Pitches Well, Mets Win 9-2

An article by posted on April 3, 2011

The Mets bats came alive, R.A. Dickey pitched a solid six innings and the Mets won there first series of the season, on the road. The Mets didn’t win their first road series until August last season

Game Notes

R.A. Dickey pitched a solid six innings, allowing one unearned run on five hits, walking three and striking out seven. Dickey’s knuckleball was dancing today, and his rubber-armed nature has shown, throwing 108 total pitchers, 69 for strikes. Dickey has seemed to start off this season the same way he ended it, putting batters away consistently.

The Mets bullpen got some solid work today, with Chris Capuano, D.J. Carrasco, Tim Byrdak and Taylor Bucholz pitching the final three innings. Chris Capuano went two-thirds of an inning, allowing one run on three hits and walking one. Capuano was very hittable and maybe it was just not being used to pitching out of relief, but its hopefully not a sign of things to come. D.J. Carrasco came out, and pitched one-third of an inning, striking out one. Tim Byrdak pitched an inning, allowing two hits and striking out one. Byrdak got to face both righties and lefties, so that was a plus to see but he was hit hard. Taylor Buchholz pitched the ninth innings, allowing one hit and walking one while striking out one. Buchholz has looked unsettled in the bullpen.

The Mets bats came out today looking to strike first. Willie Harris, the second batter of the game,  hit a two-run home run in the first inning. Then, Lucas Duda hit a fielders choice and Ike Davis scored on an error by Hanley Ramirez. Ike Davis sent an absolute blast out, a solo-shot to deep right center in the third inning. Daniel Murphy, playing second base for the first time this regular season, hit a ground rule double, scoring Angel Pagan. R.A. Dickey knocked two across with some help from a Emilio Bonafacio throwing error, knocking in Lucas Duda and Daniel Murphy. Angel Pagan drew an RBI walk, scoring Hu. Scott Hairston scored Willie Harris on a fielders choice.

Angel Pagan & David Wright – 0 for 5 with 5 walks, 1 run and 1 RBI. May not look pretty, but plate patience is important. David Wright also struck out.

Daniel Murphy – 1 for 3 with an RBI, a run and a walk.

Josh Thole – 1 for 3 with two walks.

The Mets overall today drew nine walks, which is amazing. They scored nine runs on eight hits, which is more a product of shoddy defense then utter domination

Turning Point

When the Mets exploded in the first inning, sending a message and chasing Javier Vasquez.

Game Ball

R.A. Dickey. He went out today and made sure that the Mets would win their first road series in their first chance.

Up Next

The Mets have the day off tommorrow, and will travel to Philadelphia to open a series with the Phillies. The Mets will be sending out free agent acquisition Chris Young up against Phillies lefty Cole Hamels. Game time is 7:10 PM

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