While R.A. Dickey is busy chasing after the Cy Young award, he continues to do things that Mets pitchers haven’t done in quite some time. In helping New York avoid the sweep at the hands of the Cardinals today, he not only became the first hurler in the Major Leagues to get to 18 wins this season, but he also has this is the first time in 22 years that a Met pitcher has reached that number.
Mets Offensive Highlights:
Unlike last night, the Mets were able to cash in with runners in scoring position, as they put together a 12-hit attack. After Ike Davis and Lucas Duda committed the the first two outs of the second inning, Justin Turner doubled in front of Josh Thole, who singled him home for the first run of the ballgame. New York extended their lead in the third, as Duda drew a walk with the bases loaded, plating Mike Baxter. The fifth inning was when Dickey and company was able to get some breathing room; Baxter and Daniel Murphy both singled in front of Davis, who hit a towering three-run homer to right field. It was his 19th road home run this season, the most in the Majors. They added an insurance run in the eighth, as Turner doubled again and Thole singled again, but it was Andres Torreswho brought in the sixth and final run of the afternoon. New York stranded 8 runners, but went 4-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Murphy had three hits, while Baxter, Turner, and Thole all had two each.
Cardinals Offensive Highlights:
St. Louis switched roles with the Mets from last night, as they were able to get a lot of men on base (9 hits and 1 walk), but couldn’t cash in enough, as they went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Adam Wainwright helped himself and got the Cards on the board in the third inning with a home run to left field. In the seventh, Daniel Descalso singled and moved to third after a Tony Cruz single, and scored off Allen Craig‘s double play ball, which also effectively killed their rally. Jon Jay and Descalso were the only two to have multi-hit games.
R.A. Dickey got off to a great start, as he threw 13 straight strikes in what was a perfect first inning. He was able to dodge a couple of jams in the second, fourth, and fifth en route to his historic 18th win. He ended up throwing 6.2 innings and giving up 2 runs on 8 hits and 1 walk, while striking out 5. He’s only 10 K’s away from being the 10th Met pitcher to strike out 200 or more batters in a season. Josh Edgin finished off the seventh inning with a strikeout, followed by Jon Rauch and Frank Francisco shutting the door at the end of the game.
Adam Wainwright struggled this afternoon, as he went 5 innings and gave up 5 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks, to go along with 5 strikeouts. Shelby Miller threw two solid innings of relief, which included 4 strikeouts, but Victor Marte got touched up in the eighth for 3 hits and 1 run without registering an out, before he gave way to Marc Rzepczynski to clean up his mess. Sam Freeman came on to strike out the side in the ninth, as Cardinal pitching collected 13 strikeouts overall on the day.
The win snaps a two-game losing streak for the Mets, as they finish their road trip 6-3. At 65-72, they remain one game behind Philly for third place in the East, as they also won 6-2 this afternoon.
Probable Pitchers Friday:
New York gets an off day Thursday as they travel back to Flushing to host Chipper Jones and the Braves at Citi Field. Jonathon Niese (10-8, 3.55 ERA) will take the hill against Paul Maholm (11-9, 3.79 ERA). Game time is set for 7:10pm.