Every morning, we’ll give you the top three stories from Mets-land yesterday, as well news and notes from around Major League Baseball.
The Mets beat the Orioles by a score of 5-0 last night. R.A. Dickey dominated once again, throwing his second straight one-hitter. He has thrown three complete games this month, two of them shutouts. He struck out a career-high 13 batters on the night, his sixth straight start with eight or more strikeouts. Dickey is slowly climbing towards the top of baseball’s strikeout leaderboard. He is now 11-1 with a 2.00 ERA and 103 K’s.
Ike Davis also came up big last night, hitting his first career grand slam in the sixth inning off Orioles starer Jake Arrieta. Arrieta pitched seven innings, and allowed four runs on six hits and struck out four. He now has a league-leading nine losses on the year.
Jordanny Valdespin also collected two hits on the night.
The Mets are now four games behind Washington for the NL East lead.
Ruben Tejada began another rehab stint last night, this time with Port St. Lucie. Tejada played all nine innings at shortstop, and went 1-for-5 at the plate with a double and a run scored. He also struck out once.
The Mets will likely take it slow with Tejada, who has suffered multiple setbacks since injuring his right quad in early May. Before getting hurt, he was hitting .305 in 27 games.
Jason Bay met with doctors yesterday and will have a follow-up appointment today. Bay crashed into the Citi Field wall on Friday and suffered a concussion.
According to the Daily News, Bay has Terry Collins worried. It is also still unclear how much time Bay will miss. He missed 63 games in 2010 with a concussion he suffered crashing into the wall at Dodger Stadium.
In other baseball news, Braves ace Brandon Beachy has a torn ligament in his throwing arm and may miss the remainder of the season. He was pulled early from his last start and quickly placed on the DL. Beachy is 5-5 with a 2.00 ERA in 2012.
Giants ace Matt Cain, probably the only one even close to Dickey in the Cy Young Award race, pitched last night, getting the win against the Angels. He tossed five innings, allowing three runs on six hits. He improved to 9-2 with the win.
Lastly, the jury in the Roger Clemens perjury case found him not guilty on all charges.