MLB Game Summary - Baltimore at NY Mets|
(Monday, June 18th)
Final Score: NY Mets 5, Baltimore 0
Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Ike Davis' first career grand slam might
normally be the talk of the town, but nothing can overshadow R.A. Dickey right
The 37-year-old knuckleballer pitched his second straight one-hitter, striking
out a career-high 13 with two walks, and the New York Mets blanked the
Baltimore Orioles, 5-0, to begin a three-game series Monday.
Dickey (11-1) tied a career-high in victories and pitched his third complete
game in his last four starts. He extended his streak without giving up an
earned run to 42 2/3 frames, last surrendering one in the sixth inning at
Pittsburgh on May 22.
"I always hoped for a good knuckleball, and that's what I'm producing right
now." said Dickey.
The eye-popping march to the history books didn't stop there. Dickey also
became the first National League hurler since the Boston Braves' Jim Tobin in
1944 to allow one hit or fewer in back-to-back complete games. Dickey won his
ninth straight decision and hasn't lost since giving up eight runs in Atlanta
on April 18.
Davis' grand slam aided Dickey's gem, Jordany Valdespin doubled, tripled and
scored twice, while David Wright extended his hitting streak to nine games for
the Mets, who snapped a three-game skid.
Jake Arrieta (3-9) was the hard-luck loser, pitching well until hanging an
offspeed pitch to Davis in the sixth. He gave up four runs on six hits with
four strikeouts and one walk over seven frames. The Orioles pitching staff had
not given up a run in 25 innings before Davis' grand slam.
"There is a reason he is 11-1 now. He is throwing the ball well," said
Baltimore outfielder Chris Davis.
The Mets first threatened in the second, putting runners on first and third
with one out before Arrieta's low sinker induced an inning-ending double play
off the bat of Josh Thole.
New York didn't do much else until its big sixth frame, but the story before
Davis' slam was Dickey's dominance. The right-hander didn't give up a hit
until Wilson Betemit's two-out single in the fifth, ending that drama with the
game still scoreless.
That changed against Arrieta in the sixth, as the Mets got the benefit of a
close call and took advantage. Dickey helped himself with a leadoff single and
raced to third on Valdespin's one-out double. Wright then fisted a liner to
short, which J.J. Hardy fielded and quickly threw to third in an
attempt to nab Dickey. Betemit needed a split second to find the bag and
Dickey just beat the play to keep the inning going.
Lucas Duda then walked and Davis put the barrel on a first-pitch slider for
his first career grand slam.
The Mets tacked on another run in the eighth with Valdespin's one-out triple
followed by Wright's single just out of the reach of Hardy.
Dickey tossed his seventh career complete game and fourth career shutout...In
his last two starts, only one runner has reached second base...Dickey has
surrendered just six hits in his last 25 1/3 frames...Dwight Gooden holds the
Mets franchise record by firing 49 straight innings without an earned
run...Toronto's Dave Stieb was the last pitcher to throw consecutive one-
hitters in 1988.
06/18 23:58:33 ET