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Mets 3, Pirates 2: Dickey And Duda Lead Our Heroes To Triumph

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May 22, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (43) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
May 22, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (43) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Lucas Duda's RBI single in the eighth inning gave the Mets a 2-1 lead and an error by Pedro Alvarez one batter later made it 3-1. Some shoddy defense behind Jon Rauch helped the Pirates close the gap to 3-2 but Tim Byrdak and Frank Francisco recorded the final four outs without issue.

R.A. Dickey was brilliant, allowing one run over seven efficient innings, striking out a career-high 11 and walking none in the process. He threw just 88 pitches and was removed for pinch hitter Andres Torres in the eighth inning with the score tied 1-1. It was a questionable move by Terry Collins, as Dickey was rolling and the bullpen is nothing to celebrate.

We knew it was over when...

Francisco tallied the last out of a perfect ninth inning on a Rod Barajas fly ball. It was a quick-and-easy night for Big Frank, as he threw eight strikes over ten pitches.

What else?

David Wright had a rare poor game, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Ike Davis had a customarily poor game, finishing 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. It's painful.

Mike Baxter started the decisive eighth-inning rally with a double off Andrew McCutchen's glove. It was Baxter's eighth double in just 45 at-bats this season.

Game Thread Roll Call

Nice job by MetsFan4Decades; her effort in the game thread embiggens us all.

Num Name # of Posts
1 MetsFan4Decades 99
2 CTRefJay 78
3 Spike Davis 73
4 Russ 64
5 robotoverlord 63
6 fxcarden 62
7 CervezaVerde 59
8 Jsz 50
9 painiac 45
10 BlueChill 43