Dickey Ineffective, Bullpen Can’t Hold, Mets Lose 7-6 In 10

An article by posted on May 4, 2011

R.A. Dickey was hit hard today, and despite two home runs and six runs of offense, the Mets couldn’t win today, with the bullpen coughing up the winning run, and losing in extra innings 7-6 to the Giants

Game Notes

R.A. Dickey was the victim of bad luck, an aggressive offense and an inability to locate his pitchers. R.A. allowed six runs on five hits in six innings, walking one and striking out one. His knuckleball just wasn’t dancing yesterday, and thanks to a Josh Thole throwing error, a runner was able to advance to third. Dickey was overall ineffective, getting hit hard in the third but other then that getting some good breaks. Hopefully Dickey can rebound and render a quality start.

The bullpen today did its job…somewhat. Dillon Gee came out and went one and one-third innings, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out two. Gee is best suited as a starter, not a crafty reliever, so I wonder when this charade will end. Izzy came out to grab one out and finish off the inning. K-Rod came out for the ninth, and was shaky yet again, giving up two hits and walking one (intentionally) to get out of the inning. The GOAT of the day was Taylor Buchholz, and it was due to him giving up a cannon-shot of a home run to Aubrey Huff off the Pepsi Porch. He would be the loser on the day, and his final line read one inning, one run, one hit and two strikeouts.

Starters will fail from time to time, but failing when your offense puts up six runs for you is a waste.

The offense today existed in big spurts, with a Carlos Beltran three-run home run in the first and an Ike Davis two-run homer in the third. Jose Reyes would knock in Jason Pridie in the sixth, but that was the end of the Mets offense. Josh Thole grounded into TWO rally-killing double plays and the Mets as a team stranded 21 baserunners. To be getting NINE men on base with walks, and only turning a few into runs is pathetic, and the Mets offense with RISP has been anemic.

Jose Reyes – 3 for 3 with an RBI, a run scored a stolen base and three walks, one intentional. Jose Reyes is the first Met to reach base in six attempts since…Jose Reyes in 2008.

Ike Davis – 2 for 4 with a home run, two RBI, run scored, walk and a strikeout.

Carlos Beltran – 2 for 4 with a home run, three RBI, run scored and a walk

Hu – 0 for 1. Sigh redux.

Josh Thole – 3 for 5, 3 singles, but also stranded five runners and two inning-ending GIDP in addition to some errors and passed balls.

Turning Point

Josh Thole’s inning-ending GIDP in the ninth. The momentum was there, and Josh failed to convert.

Game Ball

Jose Reyes. Reaching base, stealing bases, drawing walks. If he is traded, whoever gets him will get a promising player.

On Deck

The Mets will look to play through this rainy day, sending Chris Capuano to face perennial Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum and the Giants. Game time is 7:10 P.M.

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