Mets Game 29: Loss to Giants
Giants 7 Mets 6
Another one-run game, another loss.
Mets Game Notes
R.A. Dickey didn’t pitch all that well, allowing 6 runs on 7 hits and a walk in 6 innings. Even though he walked only one, he didn’t have great control of the knuckler; it was all over the place, and Josh Thole was having trouble catching it. To counteract the issue, Dickey threw his fastball about 25% of the time; when he has good command of the knuckler, that number is usually around 10%. The biggest problem was that a few knuckleballs floated high and in the middle of the plate — and a few is too many against MLB hitters.
It was nice to see the Mets fight back with two runs in the bottom of the third to re-take the lead after Dickey allowed 4 in the top half, and fight back again in the 6th to tie it up. Though they didn’t win the game, at least the Mets kept the game interesting.
After seeing Mike Fontenot hitting in the three-spot, I was not expecting the Giants to score 7 runs.
Jose Reyes had three hits, walked three times, stole a base, scored a run, and drove in a run. He was also eaten alive by a sharp grounder off the bat of Nate Schierholtz that was ruled a hit. Schierholtz stole second, went to third when Josh Thole’s throw veered into right field, and scored on a swinging bunt by Emmanuel Burriss. Little things …
Carlos Beltran also had a good day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a walk. His three-run homer to give the Mets an early lead was nice to see. He got a pitch at the knees over the heart of the plate and he jerked it into the right-field seats.
The Mets have 18 homers at 14 games in Citi Field and 7 homers in 15 games on the road this year. I don’t know that we can expect that ratio to continue throughout the year.
Next Mets Game
The Mets and Giants do it again at 7:10 PM on Wednesday night. Chris Capuano pitches against Tim Lincecum. Why don’t I feel good about that matchup?