It’s no secret that this season has been magical for R.A. Dickey, yet it just continues, as he shut out the Miami Marlins last night, and needed only 2 hours and 7 minutes to do so. He becomes the Mets first 17-game winner since Al Leiter in 1998 and is tied for the league lead in victories, as he continues to make his case for the NL Cy Young award.
Mets Offensive Highlights:
New York collected four hits as a team last night, and they all came at the top of the order, as Ruben Tejada, Daniel Murphy, David Wright, and Ike Davis all reached base by way of the base hit. However, it was this week’s Rising Apple player of the weekthat did all of the damage Dickey needed en route to the victory. Both teams were scoreless until the fourth, as Tejada led the frame off with a single, and Murphy’s base hit moved him to third base with one out. Davis put the Mets on the board with a sacrifice fly, but he wasn’t done with that. Ike added some insurance for Dickey in the seventh inning; Wright singled in front of him, and the first baseman’s 25th homer of the season (18th on the road) put the Amazins up 3-0, which was all that was needed to get the victory.
Marlins Offensive Highlights:
Miami wasn’t able to put anything together against Dickey, as he held them to five hits. The best chance the Fish had to score came in the bottom of the eighth, as Austin Kearns walked and Justin Ruggiano singled. Ruggiano moved to third with two outs, as Jose Reyes was standing on first following a fielders choice, bringing the tying run to the plate in Carlos Lee. The knuckleballer was able to squash the threat with a strikeout. Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Dobbs, and Nathan Eovaldi all got hits in last night’s ball game, while Ruggiano was the only player on either team to have a mutli-hit ballgame.
Nathan Eovaldi has had some tough luck this year; there have been times where he’s pitched terribly, but even if he performs well, like last night, he still gets the loss. In his 10th loss of the season, he went 7 innings, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits and 1 walk, while striking out 1. His biggest mistake was giving up the two-run homer to Davis in his last inning of work. Behind Eovaldi, Wade LeBlanc and Steve Cishek both threw a scoreless inning of relief each.
What can we say about R.A. Dickey, other than the fact that he’s been the man for New York all season. In his 17th victory of the year, the knuckleballer went the distance for the 5th time this season, doing so without giving up a run for the 3rd time. He allowed 5 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 7 Marlin hitters, and the most crucial K coming against Lee in the bottom of the eighth.
The Mets have won five of their last six games, and improve to 62-70 on the season. They separate themselves more from the Marlins, and remain one game behind Philadelphia for third place in the NL East.
Probable Pitchers Saturday:
New York will look to get the victory tonight to secure their third straight series victory, and will be looking to Jeremy Hefner (2-5, 4.65 ERA) to help them get there. Hefner is coming off his best MLB start yet, taking a shutout into the 9th inning before the Astros tied it up with a run prior to Davis’ walk-off homer. He will be opposing Josh Johnson (7-11, 4.00 ERA); first pitch at Marlins Park is set for 7:10pm.