It’s the bottom of the thirteenth. Bases loaded. Two outs. Justin Turner steps to the plate. The crowd is screaming. The sweat is dripping. Here comes the pitch…and he…gets hit? Yup. A game-ending hit-by-the-pitch.
All of the extra innings could have been avoided if Francisco Rodriguez closed the door, but alas, R.A. Dickey‘s brilliant eight inning performance was ruined by K-Rod’s third blown save. Luckily, the Mets bullpen held it together in the extras (four shutout innings), and Turner’s ability to, well, stand there won the game.
METS GAME HIGHLIGHTS:
- R.A. Dickey pitched eight innings, giving-up just three hits, one earned-run, one walk, while striking-out nine batters. Dickey now owns a 2.52 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 3.33 K/BB, and a .191/.254/.282 line against in 35.6 innings since his foot injury.
- Francisco Rodriguez couldn’t save Dickey’s masterpiece, surrendering the lead after allowing two hits and an earned-run. It was his third blown save.
- Unlike K-Rod, the rest of the Mets bullpen held together. Jason Isringhausen, Tim Byrdak, Pedro Beato, and Bobby Parnell combined for four shutout innings, giving up just three hits, one walk, while striking-out five batters. More importantly, they did not give up a run.
- Justin Turner went 1-6 with a single, stolen base, and two RBI. However, his biggest contribution was merely standing in the box, and collecting the game-winning hit-by-the-pitch-RBI.
- Jose Reyes spanked his thirteenth triple.
- Carlos Beltran did not record a hit, but did draw two walks, and stole his third base.
- Scott Hairston got the start in centerfield, and went 1-3 with a double and run-scored.
- Ronny Paulino went 3-5 with three singles.
- Lucas Duda chipped-in two singles, walked, RBI, and run-scored.
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