In Philadelphia, tonight belonged to R.A. Dickey. Despite the favorable pitching matchup for the Phillies- Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee vs. R.A. Dickey- the Mets won the game behind their number two starter. Here’s how it went down.
In the first, the visiting Mets began a rally with Ruben Tejada, who is hitting .320 this season, hitting a leadoff double. The next batter, the beloved Daniel Murphy, scored Tejada on a double of his own. After a Justin Turner strikeout, and an Ike Davis groundout, Jason Bay… did something. He hit a two-run homer to center, scoring Daniel Murphy, putting the Mets up 3-0 in the first inning. Did I mention Cliff Lee was pitching?
The Phillies struck in the third, but could not even the game. Freddy Galvis hit a solo shot to lead off the inning, but otherwise, R.A. Dickey held the Phils scoreless for the rest of his outing. Scott Hairston hit a home run for the Mets in the fifth, which gave Dickey a three-run cushion that he would not relinquish. R.A. finished the night after seven innings of one-run ball, scattering nine hits while striking out seven and walking one. Tonight’s start was Dickey’s 14th straight quality start. In comparison, Dickey’s counterpart finished up after seven innings, allowing four runs on five hits, two of them home runs.
Bobby Parnell proved himself worthy once again this season, bouncing back from April 10, when he allowed a run against Washington, to hold the Phillies scoreless in his inning of work tonight.
There was some trouble in the ninth, but not much. Frank Francisco came into the game in a non-save situation with the Mets up by four after they rallied to score in the top of the inning. Carlos Ruiz doubled with one out. Daniel Murphy made an error on a ball hit by Juan Pierre, allowing Ruiz to score. But that was all the Phillies would get. Shane Victorino struck out to end it, with the Mets earning the 5-2 victory.
Overall, I was very impressed with R.A. tonight. His knuckleball was much, much better than his previous start, allowing him to outduel Cliff Lee. Lee also pitched well, but the few bad pitches he threw were ones the Mets capitalized on.
Tomorrow, the Mets play the Phillies again, with Jon Niese getting the start against Vance Worley. Game time is 4:05. LGM!