Since they took two of three from the Phillies in the beginning of the month, the Mets have lost five straight series. Terry Collins ran out his All-Star starter to the mound to try and salvage a split against the Diamondbacks, and that’s what R.A. Dickey did. While making the ball dance for seven innings, he saw the offense get out to an early lead and take advantage of later scoring opportunities to continue adding some insurance.
Mets Offensive Highlights:
New York jumped out to a two-run lead before they took the field in the bottom of the first, as David Wright doubled to right field, scoring Daniel Murphy, who reached base with a one-out single. Scott Hairston followed with his own double to right, plating Wright with the second run of the inning. The Mets didn’t strike again until the fifth, started by a walk to Wright with one out. While Hairston was battling at the plate, Wright swiped second base, his 11th steal of the season. It worked out nicely, as Hairston singled to left, earning his second RBI of the afternoon. Andres Torres walked to start the sixth, and Ruben Tejada singled after two outs were made in front of him. Murphy collected his second hit, a double to left field, which scored Torres. For good measure, Josh Tholedoubled in Torres in the eighth for the Mets fifth run of the afternoon.
Diamondbacks Offensive Highlights:
Dickey virtually had his way with Arizona for most of the day, as Paul Goldschmidt singled in the sixth inning, plating Aaron Hill. However, the Dbacks couldn’t cash in on some opportunities, with their best being a bases loaded situation in the second inning. After a Goldschmidt single, Miguel Montero was hit by a pitch, then a walk was issued by Gerardo Parra. Thankfully for Dickey, Joe Saunders came to the plate with two out, and he was able to induce a pop out to Tejada to put an end to the rally. They didn’t have many chances with runners in scoring position, but their 1-for-6 showing displays that they couldn’t take advantage of what they had.
R.A. Dickey earned his 14th win Sunday afternoon, re-taking sole possession of the NL wins lead, and tied David Price for the most in the MLB. He did so by only giving up 1 run in 7 strong innings, issuing 3 walks and allowing 4 hits, while striking out 8 hitters. Jon Rauch and Bobby Parnell both turned in solid innings to preserve the win for the knuckleballer.
Joe Saunders had a hard time getting hitters out in his 7 innings of work, as he allowed 4 runs on 8 hits, and 3 walks, while striking out 5. Brad Bergesen got touched up for a run in his two innings of work, but he prserved the bullpen by going the extra frame.
Daniel Murphy, Scott Hairston, and Andres Torres all enjoyed multi-hit games, while Hairston was the only one to enjoy a multi-RBI game. Jason Bay continues his slide, going 0-for-3 at the plate, and is now hitting .159 on the season. According to multiple sources, he has one more week to show Mets brass that he can contribute to the bottom line. He needs to hurry up, as he’s 0-for-his-last-21.
The victory puts the Mets at 49-53, 12.5 games behind the Nationals and 8.5 games behind the second NL Wild Card spot.
Probable Pitchers Monday:
Jeremy Hefner (1-4, 5.40 ERA) will kick things off in San Francisco, as Bruce Bochy is calling Madison Bumgarner (11-6, 3.10 ERA) to the mound. If New York can take the first game at AT&T Park, it will be the first time the Amazins win back-to-back games since June 29th and 30th in Los Angeles. First pitch is scheduled for 10:15pm.