Thursday, June 07, 2012

Happy Recap: Game 58 - Mets at Nationals - Mets, Dickey Salvage Win

Nationals Park (Washington, D.C.)

N.Y. Mets (32-26) «0000201003100
Washington (32-23)000000001150

W: R. Dickey (9-1) L: C. Wang (1-2)
S: F. Francisco (15)
HR: NYM - L. Duda (10)   WAS - R. Zimmerman (3)

R.A. Dickey continued his stellar season by pitching into the eighth inning, Lucas Duda hit a two-run home run and the New York Mets avoided a sweep with a 3-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday.

Dickey (9-1) allowed four hits and two walks while striking out eight through 7 1/3 innings. He has not allowed a run over his last 24 2/3 innings on the mound.

"The thing that I care most about is giving our team a chance to win," said Dickey. "I've said that from day one."

Frank Francisco allowed a leadoff home run to Ryan Zimmerman in the ninth, but retired the next three batters to earn his 15th save of the season for the Mets, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Chien-Ming Wang (1-2) gave up two runs on eight hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings to take the loss for Washington, which had won three of its last four games.

"I liked his arm strength and everything," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said of Wang. "He's having a little problem, he gets to the side of the ball. He doesn't stay on top of it. Sometimes he gets out of the slot that he needs to be in. When he stays in that slot, his stuff is outstanding. It's just a consistency thing with him."

The Mets left the bases loaded in both the second and third innings, but were finally able to break through in the fifth inning when Duda pulled a two-run homer over the right-center field wall. Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a leadoff single prior to Duda's two-out blast.

David Wright then worked a leadoff walk off Tom Gorzelanny in the seventh, stole second, advanced to third on a Duda groundout and crossed the plate on Daniel Murphy's base hit to right field to give New York a 3-0 lead.

Washington threatened to cut into its deficit in the bottom of the frame by placing runners on first and second with no outs, but Michael Morse hit a fielder's choice to short before Ian Desmond grounded into an inning-ending double play to keep the Nationals off the board.

The Nationals threatened again when Dickey was replaced by Bobby Parnell after Jhonathan Solano's one-out single in the eighth inning. Parnell immediately walked Rick Ankiel, but back-to-back grounders by Steve Lombardozzi and Bryce Harper ended the threat.

Zimmerman, though, ended the Mets' shutout bid when he led off the ninth with a shot over the left-field wall.

Game Notes

Dickey has won four straight starts and seven straight decisions. He improved to 3-4 in 11 career games -- 10 starts -- against Washington...Wang fell to 2-3 in six career starts against New York...Mets outfielder Jason Bay was scheduled to make his first start since April 23 because of a fractured rib, but was scratched prior to the game due to the flu...Washington reinstated pitcher Brad Lidge off the 15-day disabled list and placed pitcher Henry Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 6, earlier Thursday.

Box Score:

Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF-RF511000001.293
Josh Thole C501000001.283
David Wright 3B412001010.362
Lucas Duda RF412210110.262
  Frank Francisco P000000000.000
Daniel Murphy 2B502100000.290
Scott Hairston LF300000011.282
Ike Davis 1B300000011.161
Omar Quintanilla SS302000000.308
R.A. Dickey P300000001.115
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000
  Andres Torres CF000000000.216
Steve Lombardozzi LF-2B400000001.289
Bryce Harper CF-RF400000002.276
Ryan Zimmerman 3B412100101.245
Adam LaRoche 1B300000011.269
Michael Morse RF-LF401000000.250
Ian Desmond SS401000001.257
Danny Espinosa 2B200000001.220
  Tom Gorzelanny P000000000.500
  Xavier Nady PH100000000.151
  Mike Gonzalez P000000000.000
Jhonatan Solano C301000000.286
Chien-Ming Wang P100000001.000
  Rick Ankiel CF000000020.223

LOB_NY Mets 11, Washington 5. 2B_L.Duda. 3B_D.Wright. HR_L.Duda (10) off C.Wang, R.Zimmerman (3) off F.Francisco. S_R.Dickey. SB_K.Nieuwenhuis (4), D.Wright (6), D.Murphy (4). GIDP_D.Murphy, I.Desmond, D.Espinosa. DP_NY Mets 2 (R.Dickey, O.Quintanilla and I.Davis), (D.Wright and I.Davis); Washington 1 (C.Wang, J.Solano and A.LaRoche).

R.A. Dickey (W 9-1)7.1400280105-732.44
Bobby Parnell (H 12)0.20001008-42.81
Frank Francisco (S 15)1.011100114-85.55
Chien-Ming Wang (L 1-2)5.182231184-515.11
Tom Gorzelanny2.211114042-263.38
Mike Gonzalez1.010000015-80.00

PB_J.Thole 2.
HBP_by C.Wang (O.Quintanilla).
T_2:47. A_32096.
Umpires_Home,Brian Knight; First, Mike Winters; Second, Mark Wegner; Third, Wally Bell.
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