Dickey was fantastic but got no run support and the Rockies scored twice in the final two innings to beat the Mets 3-1.
The Bad Stuff:
- Their starter was out by the 5th inning but aside from a quick run in the 1st, the Mets were hapless at the plate, hitting just 1-5 with RISP and leaving 10 men on base.
- After R.A. Dickey made his exit, Josh Edgin entered in the 8th and promptly let the go-ahead run come in after a double, sac bunt, and passed ball allowed by Kelly Shoppach. Jon Rauch relieved Edgin to finish the 8th but gave up a rare run in the 9th to give Colorado a huge cushion.
- New York put the tying runs on base with 2 outs in the 9th, but Mike Baxter flew out to center field to end the game.
- R.A. Dickey turned in a performance worthy of the Cy Young consideration he's gotten, going the Solid Seven and allowing just a solo home run and 2 other hits to go with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts. He certainly pitched well enough for his 16th win of the season, which would have doubled his W total from last season. Unfortunately for him, the bats decided to have a throwback to last year and give him as little as possible in the way of run support.
- David Wright went 1-3 with a double and the game's only run; even in his other two hitless at-bats he swung the bat very well.
- Daniel Murphy drove in Wright in the 1st with a 2-out RBI single.
So it was a loss with a silver lining in the shape of Dickey's quality start, but this was definitely not the way the Mets wanted to start their 13-game swing down Easy Street. The offense completely failed tonight against last-place pitching. Now you never want to expect a sweep, but this has to be the only loss of the series to make it a successful one. And if New York ever wants to sniff .500 again this year, they must look less like a last-place team than the ones they're going up against.