Monday, July 25, 2011

Post-Game: Dickey Excellent, More Clutch Offense

The Mets defeated the Reds by the score of 4-2.

Mike Leake and R.A. Dickey matched zeros through the first 5 innings. Then after the Mets were set aside in the Top half of the 6th, the Reds finally broke through in the bottom half. With 1 on and 1 out, cleanup hitter Brandon Phillips doubled to RF, scoring Miguel Cairo all the way from first to put the Reds ahead 1-0.

The Reds lead disappeared rather quickly though. After R.A. Dickey was retired on a fly ball to center leading off the 7th, Jose Reyes lined a single to LF to get the Mets offense going. Next, Justin Turner hit a fly ball deep down the RF line that seemed to land in fair territory, however, 1st base umpire Laz Diaz saw it differently and called it foul. After a brief argument from Terry Collins, Turner ran the count full to 3-2 and promptly looped a single over 2B Brandon Phillips head which put runners on the corners with 1 out for Carlos Beltran. Beltran quickly followed with a medium fly ball to CF which scored Reyes easily from 3rd, and tied the game at 1-1. Then after a David Wright 1B, Daniel Murphy lined a ball down the RF line, chasing home both Turner and Wright to put the Mets ahead 3-1. Jason Bay then joined the hit parade as he lined a double of his own down the RF line, scoring Murphy from second to give the Mets a 4-1 lead.

The Reds inched a little closer in the Bot of the 7th on a Drew Stubbs RBI single to cut the score to 4-2, but the Mets bullpen was able to close it out and preserve the 4-2 win.

Game Notes:
  • David Wright went 2-5, with a run scored, but committed his 3rd error since coming off the DL.
  • Daniel Murphy went 2-5, with 2 RBI and is now hitting .308 on the year.
  • Jason Bay's double in the 6th was his 1st double in his last 186 AB's.
  • Jason Isringhausen picked up his 296th career save despite loading the bases in the 9th, and is now 3 for 3 in save opportunities since taking over the closers roll from Francisco Rodriguez.
Tonight was a nice bounce back win after a tough loss yesterday in Florida. R.A. Dickey was fantastic tonight as he threw 6.2 innings of 2 run ball. After leaving several runners on base through the first 6 innings, the Mets were finally able to get their offense going as none other than Jose Reyes got the rally started with a 1 out single. After the Mets tied the game at 1-1, they did what they do best by scoring 3 runs with 2 outs (lead the league with 2 out runs scored). The Mets are now back to .500 at 51-51 and will continue their 4 game series with the Reds tomorrow night at 7:10 PM.