Dickey Gives It His All As Hairston’s Clutch Homer Lifts Mets To 5-2 Win

An article by posted on July 9, 2011

R.A. Dickey pitched a great game, and a big home run in the ninth by Scott Hairston put the Mets ahead and they would go on to win, 5-2 against the Giants.

Game Notes

R.A. Dickey went out and pitched a very good game, fighting through his injury to keep the Mets in the game and also manage to not injure himself further. Dickey’s only major mistake was the shot he gave up to Nate Schierholtz in the sixth, because other than that, no runners really came close to scoring. His final line was – two runs on seven hits with four strikeouts, zero walks and one home run allowed in seven innings pitched. It’s a great stat line for Dickey, showing he had control and was able to minimize the hits.

Tim Byrdak came out, got a lefty out, and then walked the other lefty. He was relieved by Beato who threw one pitch and induced a tailor-made double play. Thanks to the Hairston home run, Beato earned the win with K-Rod earning his 23rd save after a perfect 1-2-3 ninth.

The Mets went through another bout of the LOB’s , stranding ten runners. They failed to capitalize on a wild Ryan Vogelsong who walked five. The biggest hit came when Angel Pagan sent an absolute blast over the RF wall for a two-run home run, his third of the season.

In an awkward play to advance Beltran to third, Daniel Murphy batting cleanup bunted him over, with no outs, in the fourth. Odd to say the least. Scott Hairston played the hero today, sending an absolute moonshot out to LF for the go-ahead run off the HR, and this time the Mets would hold the lead for good.

Carlos Beltran and Daniel Murphy both had big games with three hits a piece. Beltran also collected his 58th RBI of the season which ranks 6th in the NL and puts him on pace for 120 RBIs this season. 

Turning Point

Scott Hairston’s home run in the ninth turned the tide.

Random Things

R.A. Dickey with an injured glute managed to leg out an infield single that got lost in Miguel Tejada’s glove.

Jason Bay had two walks, and Nick Evans got his first hit of the year with an RBI single in the ninth inning, breaking an 0 for 23 slide to start his season.

Josh Thole continues to struggle, leaving three on base including a key GIDP with men on first and second.

Game Ball

R.A. Dickey – he pitched a great game for seven innings, and if it weren’t about the matchups probably would’ve gone another inning at least.

On Deck

The Mets will continue their series against the Giants, sending Chris Capuano to the mound against Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum. Game time is 9:05 P.M.

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