First Blood: Dickey Dazzles, Murphy Crushes, Mets Top Yanks 2-1

An article by posted on May 21, 2011

R.A. Dickey may have had his best outing of the season, and the combination of Justin Turner and Daniel Murphy provided all the offense for the Mets in their 2-1 win against the Yankees.

Game Notes

R.A. Dickey went out today and pitched a phenomenal game. Robert Allen went out today, and went six innings allowing one run on four hits striking out six and walking three. The only run R.A. allowed was on a Teixiera home run that just went over Carlos Beltran’s glove all of the 320 feet to RF. Dickey got himself in trouble in the early innings, and some strong pitch selection as well as great defensive plays, specifically by Reyes in the fifth ensured Dickey would see the sixth inning

The Mets bullpen today was lights out, going three innings, striking out five and walking none. Mike O’Connor pitched a clean inning with one strikeout, Izzy pitched a major eighth with two big strikeouts and K-Rod pitched the ninth for his fifteenth save, striking out two.

This bullpen has been so crucial in this team’s success.

The offense struggled to get good contact against Freddy Garcia, but after an F.Mart double, Justin Turner kept his torrid RBI pace up, knocking him in with an op.field double in the fourth. The bats were held in check until Daniel Murphy lead off the sixth inning with a home run to that lovely 314 region in right field to put the Mets up 2-1. The momentum of the dog fight style of game seems to benefit the Mets and they play like every hit will win the game.

Justin Turner – 3 for 4 with an RBI – will you be the godfather to my unborn child? If not, cool. Your on a streak right now.

Ruben Tejada – 0 for 4 with two strikeouts (looking) – it’s ok Secret Squirrel, you looked good on defense.

Beltran – 1 for 2 with two walks. Beltran is a major reason the Mets are leading the league in walks.

Turning Point

The Jose Reyes play to end the fifth gave the momentum to the irish hammer Daniel Murphy and his home run.

Game Ball

The Mets bullpen. This is the fourth straight close game and they have continued to do nothing but hold the opponents to NOTHING.

On Deck

The Mets will look to keep their four game streak going, sending Chris Capuano to the mound against the Yankees and A.J. Burnett. Game time is 7:10 P.M.

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