R.A. Dickey was lights out, the Mets offense managed to score some runs late, and #5 David Wright became the Mets all-time leader in RBI’s in their 5-1 win, ensuring a series victory against the Marlins.
R.A. Dickey came out today and had his best outing of the season, going seven innings allowing one run on three hits, walking one and striking out seven. Dickey’s only run allowed was on a home run to Omar Infante, but outside of that he was spectacular. Not only was R.A. pitching great, but he made a few great defensive plays that helped assure he could hold the lead. The movement on his pitch was great, as was his control.
Jon Rauch came out to pitch the eighth inning, and gave up a single to Jose Reyes, but that was between two outs. Bobby Parnell was brought out to pitch to Hanley Ramirez, and struck him out looking. Tim Byrdak & Manny Acosta split the ninth after the Mets added three runs in the bottom of the eighth. Byrdak gave up a hit to the only batter he faced. Manny Acosta struck out Giancarlo Stanton, gave up an infield single to Omar Infante and then got a double-play to end the game.
The Mets offense saw another pitcher who was dealing today, and they did their best job at scattering five hits off of Buehrle, but none was bigger then the David Wright two-run homer that moved him into sole possession of first place on the Mets all time list. Lucas Duda drove in an insurance run in the eighth with a single that was misplayed by Giancarlo Stanton, and Mike Baxter drove in two more with an opposite field double.
The Mets, despite fielding a primarily lefty lineup got four of their seven hits from the left side of the plate, which shows that they can have success against the guys who throw with the wrong hand. The Marlins had good control, so two walks were earned today, one intentional to Wright and one unintentional to Scott Hairston
– Ike Davis had an 0-4 performance, dropping his average to .123. If there is any bright spot to this, Ike hit a ball off Buerhle to right-center pretty far in his second to last AB, and smoked a ball to center in his last AB.
– Kirk Nieuwenhuis & Ruben Tejada, batting 1 & 2 – went 1 for 7 with three strikeouts.
– David Wright made his first error of the year, and it wasn’t of the throwing variety.
– Something You Don’t See Every Day: Josh Thole, after catching strike three for the third out of the eighth, went to throw out Jose Reyes who was going on the pitch. The ball sailed into center, but I guess it is better Josh is prepared.
R.A. Dickey takes the cake today, with easily his best outing of the season. Only allowing four baserunners in seven innings is great, and striking out seven to boot doesn’t hurt. Honorable mention to David Wright on becoming the Mets RBI leader.
The Mets will look to sweep the series on Thursday in a day game, sending Jonathon Niese to the mound as he faces off against the Marlins and their starter, Ricky Nolasco. Game time is 1:10 P.M.