July 29, 2012: Dickey and Doubles Down D'Backs
|Date: July 29, 2012|
|Mets starter: R. A. Dickey|
|Winning pitcher: R. A. Dickey|
|Key player(s): R. A. Dickey, David Wright, Daniel Murphy|
|Key play: Mets’ four RBI doubles|
The Mets faced the Diamondbacks on a Sunday afternoon in Phoenix. The teams played the finale of a four-game series at Chase Field. Four run-scoring doubles and seven solid innings pitched by R. A. Dickey led the Mets to a 5-1 victory over Arizona.
Daniel Murphy hit a one-out single against D’Backs starter Joe Saunders in the top of the first inning. David Wright doubled to drive home Murphy and scored the Mets’ second run on a double by Scott Hairston. Ike Davis fouled out to third baseman Willie Bloomquist and a walk to Jason Bay ensued. Saunders struck out Andres Torres to end the inning. Dickey then retired the side in order in the bottom half.
Dickey and Saunders each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fourth. With one out in the top of the fifth, Wright drew a walk and stole second base. Hairston singled to score Wright and advanced to second on left fielder Jason Kubel’s throw to the plate. Saunders got Davis to ground out to second baseman Aaron Hill and retired Bay on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Chris Young. Dickey then set down all three Arizona batters in the bottom half.
Torres drew a walk to open the top of the sixth inning. Josh Thole’s ground out to Hill moved Torres to second base and Dickey was called out on strikes. Ruben Tejada got an infield single on which Torres advanced to third. Andres came home on a double by Murphy to increase the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Saunders then retired Wright on a grounder to Bloomquist that closed out the inning.
With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Hill got an infield single and advanced to second base on an error by shortstop Tejada. Kubel was struck out and a passed ball by catcher Thole sent Hill to third. Paul Goldschmidt singled to drive home Hill with the Diamondbacks’ first run of the game. Miguel Montero drew a walk and Young went down on strikes for the inning’s final out. Saunders pitched a perfect top of the seventh. Dickey then shut down the Snakes in the bottom of the inning.
Torres singled against Arizona reliever Brad Bergesen to lead off the top of the eighth. Thole hit a double to drive home Torres with the Mets’ fifth run and pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin fouled out to Kubel. Bergesen retired Tejada on a ground ball to Hill and got Murphy on a line drive to Young for the third out of the inning. Mets’ reliever Jon Rauch set down the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half. Bergesen then pitched a scoreless top of the ninth.
Goldschmidt drew a walk against the Mets’ Bobby Parnell to begin the bottom of the ninth inning. Montero went down on strikes and Young followed with a force play grounder to first baseman Davis. With Gerardo Parra at bat, Young advanced to second base on defensive indifference. Parnell then struck out Parra to end the game. The Mets had a victory to close out the series.