June 2, 2012: Dickey Follows Gem With Shutout of Redbirds
|Date: June 2, 2012|
|Mets starter: R. A. Dickey|
|Winning pitcher: R. A. Dickey|
|Key player(s): R. A. Dickey, David Wright|
|Key play: Mets’ three-run 2nd, Wright’s home run|
The Mets and Cardinals faced each other on a Saturday afternoon at Citi Field. After the euphoria of Johan Santana’s no-hitter the previous night, Mets’ starter R. A. Dickey had a tough act to follow. Dickey responded to the challenge with a complete game shutout in a 5-0 Mets win over St. Louis.
Dickey and the Cardinals’ Lance Lynn each pitched a scoreless first inning. In the top of the second, Carlos Beltran led off with a double to center field. David Freese lined out to left fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis and a single by Yadier Molina advanced Beltran to third base. Dickey then got Matt Adams to hit a ground ball to second baseman Daniel Murphy for a double play that ended the inning.
Ike Davis singled to lead off the bottom of the second. Omar Quintanilla was hit by a pitch and Josh Thole got an infield single to load the bases. Dickey reached first on an error by first baseman Adams that allowed Davis to score. Nieuwenhuis grounded out to Adams to drive home Quintanilla. An ensuing ground out by Andres Torres to shortstop Rafael Furcal plated Thole with the Mets’ third run of the inning. Lynn then retired David Wright on an inning-ending grounder to Furcal.
Following scoreless third and fourth innings, Dickey hurled a perfect top of the fifth. Wright drew a walk to begin the bottom half. Lucas Duda took a called third strike and Murphy followed with an infield single. Davis hit a fly ball to left fielder Matt Holliday for the inning’s second out. On the play, Wright moved to third base and Murphy went to second via an error by Holliday. Quintanilla drew a walk to load the bases. Reliever Victor Marte then came in to pitch for St. Louis and got Thole on a ground ball to second baseman Tyler Greene for the final out of the inning.
The Redbirds had runners on first and third base with two outs in the top of the sixth. Dickey threw a called third strike past Holliday for the third out and Marte pitched a scoreless bottom half. The Cards were retired in order by Dickey in the top of the seventh and Duda singled to begin the bottom of the inning. Murphy doubled to send Duda to third base and St. Louis reliever Eduardo Sanchez struck out Davis. An intentional walk to Quintanilla loaded the bases and Thole hit a grounder on which Greene threw to catcher Molina for an out at home on Duda. With Dickey at bat, Sanchez unleashed a wild pitch that scored Murphy for a 4-0 Mets lead. Sanchez then got Dickey to ground out to first baseman Daniel Descalso and finish off the inning.
Dickey struck out the side in order in the top of the eighth. Cardinals’ reliever Mitchell Boggs started the bottom half by retiring Nieuwenhuis on a grounder back to the mound. Torres took a called third strike and Wright homered for the Mets’ fifth run of the game. Mitchell struck out Duda to close out the inning and consecutive singles by Furcal and Descalso opened the top of the ninth. Holliday followed with a ground ball to shortstop Quintanilla for a double play. Dickey then got Beltran to line out to right fielder Duda and end the game. The Mets had their second straight shutout victory over the Redbirds as Dickey provided a solid encore to a history-making event.