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It took long enough, but eventually, the Mets outlasted the Astros in a 14-inning snorefest.
Blame Geoff Blum for 5 extra innings that none of us needed to experience.
R.A. Dickey‘s dancing knuckler befuddled the Houston batters all night, as he allowed only two runs on 9 hits and one walk, striking out 6, in 8 1/3 innings. But that’s not all — Dickey also drove in the first run of the game with a double in the seventh. As all Mets starters know, you can’t just pitch and expect to win the ballgame — you have to provide some offense as well.
Unfortunately for Dickey, however, one of his floaters went flaccid and Geoff Blum hit it hard, knocking it over the right field fence to tie the game at two and chase R.A. from the ballgame.
On offense, Dickey drove in Ruben Tejada, who jumped all over an 87-MPH, chest-high fastball over the middle of the plate and swatted it into left field for his first hit in 28 at-bats. If he can continue to hit mistakes like that, he has a very good chance of hitting over .200 by the end of the season.
Bobby Parnell was lights out in two perfect innings of relief, striking out 3 and touching triple digits on the radar gun. Yet, it was like deja vu … I swear he’s done this before, and in Houston, around this time, perhaps in a different year. So what does it mean? Parnell is either a closer in the making or a perpetual tease.
Jose Reyes went 4-for-6 with a triple, a walk, and two stolen bases (both times it was a steal of third), but scored only once — that one time was, however, the last time a player crossed the plate in the evening, and was the winning run. Reyes pranced home on a sac fly by Ike Davis.
Josh Thole had a long night, going oh-fer-seven. He did, however, throw out a runner on a pitch out that ruined a hit-and-run. Thole has now thrown out 7 of 13, but I think at least 3 of those assists came on botched hit-and-runs. Not to take anything away from the fact that he threw those runners out, but just putting it into a realistic perspective — that over 50% rate is not necessarily because he’s Molina-like.
Angel Pagan had one hit, an RBI, and a stolen base — his 29th of the season. Did you know he has three more thefts than Reyes? Pagan also has more homeruns and RBI than Jason Bay, and leads the team in batting average. Who’da thunk it?
David Wright collected two more hits, including his 30th double, and seems to be out of his slump. However, he left the game in the 12th with a limp. Strangely enough, Jerry Manuel explained that he was removed because of “queasiness” and feeling “lightheaded”. Are you surprised?
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