Spring Training Game 18: Mets Defeat Astros, 8-2

After winning just one game in their last ten, the Mets turned to starter R.A. Dickey to pick them up. Dickey did just that. The knuckleballer hurled 6.3 innings, allowing just one hit, one earned-run, three walks, and four strikeouts. Dickey exited the game in the seventh inning, and took home his first Spring win.

March 22, 2012; Port St Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (43) during the spring training game against the Houston Astros at Digital Domain Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE

Josh Edgin and Ramon Ramirez combined for 1.6 scoreless innings of relief. The “zero” lowered Edgin’s ERA from 0.00 to 0.00. Not too shabby. Frank Francisco took the ball in the ninth, but let-up a run on two hits. Hopefully his hit-friendly trend will not continue into the regular season.

On the offensive side of things, the Mets collectively brought-out the lumber, enjoying an eleven hit/eight run day. Ruben Tejada led the charge–batting lead-off–going 1-2 with a walk, two runs-scored, and his first homerun of Spring. Rob Johnson, who is technically competing with Mike Nickeas for the back-up catcher gig, went 2-3 with a RBI and run-scored. Perhaps the most surprising hitting display was by Omar Quintanilla. The light-hitting middle-infielder pinch-hit for Dickey, and smacked a bases-loaded double to truly bring home the win.

The Mets will take on the Atlanta Braves tomorrow at 1:05 PM.

Topics: Ben Berkon, Frank Francisco, Josh Edgin, Mets, Mets Astros, Mets Braves, New York, New York Mets, Omar Quintanilla, R.A. Dickey, Ramon Ramirez, Rising Apple, Rob Johnson, Ruben Tejada, Ruben Tejada Home Run, Spring Training

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