The Mets put the free-swinging Marlins to rest in the opener of the double-header today behind a strong effort from R.A. Dickey, taking the contest 2-1. Dickey did what the Mets have been trying to do all year, stringing together consecutive strong outings by starting pitchers. After Capuano’s incredible 2 hit, 13 strikeout effort on Friday, Dickey logged a tidy 7 innings allowing just 7 hits, 1 walk, and striking out 6 on an even 100 pitches. It was Dickey’s 7th consecutive quality start but just the second win over that stretch, the first coming in the first such start, way back on July 25th.
Izzy struck out the side in the 8th, certainly something nice to see, and Parnell, despite surrendering a solo shot to colder-than-Ice-Cube-in-those-cold-as-ice-Coors-commercials Gaby Sanchez, picked up his second save of the year.
Offensively, the Mets scored just twice but it was enough. Evans collected two hits which frankly is roughly two more than I thought he would ever have in a game while Bay, in his first game in 5 days, went hitless. Isn’t that just the most shocking thing? On a better note, Duda continues to be scorching hot this month and his average is now at .296. His line this month now reads .329/5/19 and is really showing signs of becoming the hitter we need him to be.
The Mets have been swept in both double-headers they played this year and are already underway trying to get a sweep of their own. Check in later for that post-game.