Dickey Fights, Offense & Parnell Fail, Mets Lose 5-1

An article by posted on May 31, 2011

R.A. Dickey was stellar today, even with his injured foot but the Mets offense couldn’t capitalize and Bobby Parnell in his first outing since his return from the DL gave up two runs in the eighth inning.

Game Notes

R.A. Dickey went out today, after injuring his foot in his last start and looked no worse for the wear, going seven and two third innings, giving up three runs on five hits, walking two and striking out a career-high ten. Dickey looked excellent up until the eighth inning, when he gave up a single, got two key outs and then hit a batter and gave up an RBI single, a walk and a two-RBI single.

Izzy came out to finish the inning, and got a deep flyout in his one-third of an inning of work. Bobby Parnell, for the first time since he hit the DL came out and didn’t have very good control, as his fastball was consistently 95+, but it was everywhere. Parnell was hittable, giving up singles, two runs, one walk and striking out one in two-thirds of an inning. Dale Thayer and his mustache came out, and three more fastballs later, a fly out to shallow center for his one third of an inning.

The offense today struggled to bring men home, despite getting runners on base. The only RBI of the game was knocked in by Jason Bay after a double by Angel Pagan in the first. Small hits never expanded into larger hits, and the absence of a true power hitter or Jose Reyes is fairly evident in this lineup. The last ten Met hitters all went down without a fight, and that is what wound up killing the Mets.

Nick Evans – 0 for 2 with a walk and two strikeouts, including one with men on first and second.

Daniel Murphy – 2 for 3 with a strikeout and a great defensive play at third.

Angel Pagan – 2 for 4 with a run. Angel has looked good since coming off the DL, and nothing is surprising.

Turning Point

R.A. Dickey’s eighth inning. So close, but so far.

Game Ball

Despite the loss, R.A. Dickey gets the game ball. With an injury, seven and two-thirds of quality baseball.

On Deck

The Mets will look to grab the win in the third of four games, sending Chris Capuano to the mound to face Kevin Correia and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Game time is 7:10 P.M.

For my color commentary, thoughts and other insights during the game, check my twitter page and follow me at @TheSeanKenny

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