- R.A. Dickey- (W, 5-8) 6.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, BB, 7 SO, 86 pitches (61 strikes)
- Dan Murphy- 2-5, 2 RBI, R
- Jason Bay- 1-3, RBI
- David Wright- 2-5, R
Notes: An above average performance from R.A. Dickey and a four-run seventh inning for the Mets propelled them to a 4-2 victory tonight over the Cincinnati Reds, a team that has performed well under expectations. R.A. pitched 6.2 innings, allowed two runs on eight hits while striking out seven. He pitched very well, other than the sixth inning, when he allowed a run on a Brandon Phillips double that put the Reds up 2-0. He was then taken out of the game in favor of Pedro Beato, who walked a batter and left. Tim Byrdak finished off the seventh by striking out Jay Bruce on three straight sliders. Then, it was Bobby Parnell‘s turn again. Parnell had blown the save in his last appearance yesterday against the Marlins. He walked a hitter, but otherwise avoided trouble and didn’t allow a run.
Then in the ninth, the Reds mounted a big comeback against closer Jason Isringhausen, loading the bases on a single, a walk, and an error by David Wright. Brandon Phillips came up against Isringhausen. Isringhausen had a 0-2 count on him, threw a ball, but then struck him out on a low, outside fastball to finish the game and record his third save of the year. He almost had a K-Rod moment, but saved the game before it was too late. Here is an overview of the Met bullpen tonight:
- Pedro Beato – 0 IP, BB, 4 pitches (0 strikes)
- Tim Byrdak – (H, 5) 0.1 IP, SO, 3 pitches (3 strikes)
- Bobby Parnell – (H, 6) 1 IP, BB, SO,17 pitches (10 strikes)
- Jason Isringhausen – (S, 3) IP, H, BB, 2 SO, 29 pitches (17 strikes)
Great for Parnell to get a good outing under his belt after his last blowup in Florida, He really needed to get to get this. Hopefully, we can see more of this from Parnell, maybe in the ninth inning.
I mentioned the big seventh inning earlier. The Mets scored all of their runs that inning on a Carlos Beltran sac fly to center, a Dan Murphy double to right, and a Jason Bay double to right. Only one of those runs was charged to Mike Leake, the starter for the Reds, who got the loss to drop to 8-6 after pitching 6.1 innings, while allowing two runs on eight hits.
Next: Tuesday at Cincinnati
Game time is 7:10.