After a heart breaking defeat on Friday night, The New York Mets bounced back to defeat the Maimi Marlins 9-3 on Saturday afternoon:
THE DICKSTER: R.A. Dickey started for NY and allowed two runs on nine hits over six innings of work, while improving to 5-1 in the process:
Dickey did not have his best knuckler on the day, but still managed to grind his way through six innings of work. He ran into his first rough patch of the afternoon in the bottom of the second allowing three straight singles to start the frame; including an RBI single to tie the game at one from Gaby Sanchez. R.A. escaped the frame allowing just the one run by inducing back-to-back pops to end the inning. Dickey worked his way in and out of jams all night, admitting to reporters he did not have his best stuff, saying:
As far as the knuckleball goes, it was a real fight today. I threw a lot of tumbleweeds up there — balls that were just kind of over-rotating on me. Fortunately, I didn’t have my swing-and-miss knuckleball tonight, but they were hitting enough pieces of it to get me some groundballs in bigger situations, and I was able to make a big pitch occasionally when I needed it. But that’s a good club over there. It’s hard to compete against that club with less than your best stuff. And I didn’t have my best stuff today. And I’m fortunate to get out of it the way I did.”
With the bases juiced in the top of the fifth, Miami started Ricky Nolasco drilled Dickey with a fastball on his right wrist to force home a run. Although the pitch nailed R.A. in his pitching hand, he was able to stay in the game and grind out two more innings; allowing one run on three hits. Following the game he told reporters the injury was “nothing serious.”
It hit me on the inside of my right wrist. … Nothing serious. I’d say that I probably would have pitched a couple of more innings. I certainly felt OK [pitching-wise]. But it’s better to be precautionary at that stage, I think. So we’ll see how it feels in the morning.
You don’t know until the initial sting of it dissipates how bad it may really be with the wrist. And I was thankful it hit me in a meatier part of the wrist. But you just never know. I got feeling back in my hand pretty quickly, and I felt like I was going to be OK.”
THE WRIGHT STUFF: David Wright is absolutely on FIRE!!! He collected four hits in six at-bats while driving in three runs. Wright got the Mets on the board early when he delivered a first-inning RBI single to plate Andres Torres; who worked an eight pitch walk to start the game. After the Marlins evened the score at 1-1, Wright put the Mets ahead when he drilled an opposite field solo-homerun in the top half of the third inning. David added another RBI in the top of the ninth, with a 2-out single plating Mike Baxter; who doubled to start the frame.
We’re playing real wel. It makes my job a lot easier when the guys in front of me are getting on and the guys behind me are swinging the bats the way they are.”
Wright extended his hitting streak to six games (13-for-27, 7 RBI) while improving his season average to an amazing .402 in the process:
David’s performance prompted the following tweet and phone conversation with a friend of mine:
METS OFFENSE: NY added a third run in the top of the fourth when rookie Kirk Nieuwenhuis delivered a two-out RBI single. With runners on second and third and two-outs, NY caught a break as a catcher’s interference call during Andres Torres’ at-bat extended the inning. Nieuwenhuis followed Torres by drilling a 1-2 pitch into right field to score Ronnie Cedeno giving NY a 3-1 lead they would not relinquish. Then again in the fifth, the Mets put the game out of reach scoring three runs on three hits, highlighted by a two-run single off the bat of Torres.
BACK AT IT TOMORROW: The Mets will look to make it a 5-1 road trip with a win tomorrow afternoon. They will send left hander Jon Niese to the hill to oppose Carlos Zambrano.
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