New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (9-5) had a Do It Yourself kind of day today in a Citi Field Turf War versus the visiting Houston Astros. The Mets season might qualify for Desperate Landscapes but Dickey put in some Sweat Equity on this 90+ degree day by not only throwing 109 pitches over 7+ innings, allowing only 1 run on 6 hits, but he also drove in the 1st 2 runs of the game with a 2nd inning single. David Wright had led the inning off by drawing a walk off of Astros starter Bud Norris (6-8) and Ike Davis doubled moving him to 3rd base. After Josh Thole walked to load the bases the newest BATHtastic! Met Luis Hernandez struck out swinging bringing Dickey to the plate. He lined a shot to shallow center to bring home Wright and a chugging Davis to make it 2-0 Mets. Thole moved to 3rd base on the play from where he scored on an Angel Pagan ground out to make it 3-0 while Dickey moved to 2nd base. Luis Castillo then singled driving in Dickey and the Mets had built a Blog Cabin with a 4-0 lead after 2 innings.
The Astros got their only run in the top of the 3rd when Jason Castro, who had doubled leading off, scored on a single by Michael Bourn. That was all the Astros would muster off of Dickey and relievers Bobby Parnell and Hisanori Takahashi who used their Cool Tools to finish up when Dickey tired in the 8th. The Mets added an insurance run in the bottom of the 6th when Thole auditioned for Yard Crashers by homering to right off the Pepsi Porch facade, his 2nd of the season. The Whole Picture is such that the Mets are not likely to be involved in the post season in 2010 but at least for one sunny August afternoon we got a glimpse of the Under Construction 2011 Mets that gives us hope as fans. Final score New York 5, Houston 1.