For six-and-one-third innings, R.A. Dickey looked like he just might throw the first no-hitter in the history of the New York Mets, but his bid was brought to an end by the least likable player on the field, Shane Victorino. Prior to Victorino's single, Dickey had allowed only one baserunner on a walk while striking out four. With the movement on his knuckleball this afternoon, it looked like Dickey had a real shot at doing what no Met had done before.
The Mets' lineup hadn't scored any runs until that point, either, but the Phillies got a single from Ryan Howard to plate Victorino. Raul Ibanez singled, too, but John Mayberry hit into a double play to end the inning.
Dickey looked pretty disappointed in the dugout when the broadcast picked back up for the bottom of the inning, but his final outing of the season was one of many excellent starts. Barring a wacky appearance out of the bullpen, which was mentioned as one of Terry Collins' latest weird ideas, Dickey wrapped up his second straight outstanding season.
With two outs and nobody on base in the bottom of the seventh, Val Pascucci stepped up to the plate to pinch hit for Dickey, and he hit a bomb to left field off Cole Hamels, tying the game. The bats were frustrating at best before the dinger. For what it's worth, Jason Bay departed the game very early because of the lingering effects of the illness that kept him out of the entire series in St. Louis.
Miguel Batista and Bobby Parnell combined to pitch a scoreless top of the eighth, and the Mets finally took a lead in the bottom of the inning. Jose Reyes lined out, but Ruben Tejada did his best impression of Reyes with a single and a stolen base to set the table for David Wright. And Wright doubled just inside third base to score Tejada easily, putting the Mets ahead by a run.
The lead was handed over to Manny Acosta in the top of the ninth inning, and the Acostalypse got two quick outs, allowed a walk and a single, and
The second game of the day-night double header is set for 7:10 pm with Dillon Gee and Joe Blanton slated to start.
Big winners: Val Pascucci, +26.6% WPA, David Wright, +20.9% WPA, R.A. Dickey, +16.4% WPA, Manny Acosta, +14.5% WPA
Big losers: Jason Bay, -11.6% WPA, Mike Nickeas, -10.0% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Val Pascucci home run in the seventh, +26.6% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Ryan Howard single in the seventh, -17.8% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +40.6% WPA
Total batter WPA: +9.4% WPA
GWRBI!: David Wright
Nice job by MetsFan4Decades; her effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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