August 29, 2011: Dickey and Relievers Flatten Fish

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Date: August 29, 2011
Mets starter: R.A. Dickey
Mets: 2
Marlins: 1
Winning pitcher: R.A. Dickey
Key player(s): R.A. Dickey, Jason Isringhausen, Justin Turner
Key play: Turner’s single

The Mets faced the Marlins in a doubleheader on a Monday evening at Citi Field. The opener of the twinbill was the Mets’ first game following Hurricane Irene. R. A. Dickey and a pair of relievers teamed up to stifle the Florida team as the Mets came away with a 2-1 win.

After a scoreless first inning, Dickey held the Fish to a single by Mike Cameron in the top of the second. Nick Evans singled against the Marlins’ Anibal Sanchez to lead off the bottom half. Josh Thole drew a walk and Justin Turner hit a single to drive home Evans with the first run of the game. Dickey’s ensuing sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third base. Angel Pagan followed with a ground ball on which first baseman Gaby Sanchez threw to catcher John Buck for an out at home on Thole. Anibal Sanchez then got Ruben Tejada on a line drive to shortstop Emilio Bonifacio to end the inning.

Dickey hurled a scoreless top of the third. With one out in the bottom half, Lucas Duda singled and Jason Bay drew a walk. Evans got an infield single to load the bases and Thole hit a force play grounder to Bonifacio to score Duda for a 2-0 Mets lead. Turner drew a walk that loaded the bases once again. Anibal Sanchez then fanned Dickey for the inning’s final out.

Dickey and Anibal Sanchez each pitched scoreless ball from the fourth inning to the sixth. Cameron and Buck got back-to-back singles to open the top of the seventh. With pinch-hitter Alfredo Amezaga at the plate, Dickey made a pickoff throw to shortstop Tejada for an out on Cameron. R. A. retired Amezaga on a fly ball to right fielder Duda and got Bonifacio on an inning-ending grounder to Tejada. Florida reliever Burke Badenhop then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Jason Isringhausen struck out all three Marlins batters in the top of the eighth inning. Badenhop pitched a perfect bottom half and Bobby Parnell came in to pitch for New York in the top of the ninth. Parnell started the inning by retiring Greg Dobbs on a line drive to third baseman David Wright. A home run by Gaby Sanchez followed and Cameron popped out to catcher Thole. Parnell then got Brett Hayes to ground out to second baseman Turner and end the game. The Mets had a victory to begin the doubleheader.