Mets Game 89: Win Over Giants

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The Mets beat the reigning World Champion Giants on their home turf, and in dramatic fashion.

Mets Game Notes

R.A. Dickey put forth another strong effort, allowing only two runs on seven hits and no walks through seven innings. However, the Mets could only score two themselves by the time he exited, so he was left with a no-decision.

Ryan Vogelsong scattered 12 baserunners through those same seven frames, but the Mets couldn’t push more than two across the plate against him; they left 11 on base during the ballgame.

However, the dam broke in the ninth against the Giants bullpen, as Scott Hairston victimized closer Brian Wilson with a solo, pinch-hit homer and then the offense added on two more before the end of the ninth. The final run was driven in by Nick Evans, who finally struck his first MLB hit of 2011.

Francisco Rodriguez threw a clean ninth — expending only 7 pitches (6 strikes) — to notch his 23rd save and 34th finish of the year. Only 21 finishes more for the pot of gold.

Next Mets Game

The Mets and Giants do it again at 9:05 PM ET on Saturday night. Chris Capuano takes the hill against Tim Lincecum.

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  1. Midwestern Met July 9, 2011 at 2:03 am
    Scott Hairston did not fear the beard.
  2. gary s. July 9, 2011 at 7:20 am
    Amazing.Collins has to be manager of year for the first half.he’s won 46 games with a sandlot team, other than Jose.Five out of six without the best leadoff man in mlb.His reward is Lincecum and Cain the next 2 nites.Oh Baby!!!!
    • Steve S. July 9, 2011 at 8:58 am
      Agree generally, although Beltran has been surprisingly healthy and good. Collins has also done it with five starting pitchers who are really #3-5 quality-wise.
    • Joe July 9, 2011 at 10:51 am
      Is Collins getting some love? Well, fine, since deserves some.

      As to the Giants, Lincecum has been beatable this year (the Mets also beat him back in the day when his hair was short), and they are a better opponent than the Phillies because of their lower run totals.

      After teams like the Braves and Cards got far with pitching that elsewhere was mediocre at best, it’s nice to see the Mets get a lot out of their flawed staff. Dickey is a find — he’s playing hurt and getting results. Happy to see he is doing well after a hard start.