And the hits just kept on coming. Unfortunately, they were by the Mets.
The Metropolitans racked up fourteen hits to the Rays one: a slow hopper to third that David Wright tried to bare hand, but couldn't come up with. Yep, that's how close the Rays were to being no-hit. Dickey's knuckleball was dancing tonight, and, like there was a law against it, they couldn't touch him. Case in point: Dickey K'd a career high twelve hitters through nine innings.
David Price was equally impressive. I say "equally impressive" because I'm a liar. Unlike Dickey, Price was touched up for seven runs on nine hits and three walks. On the plus side, he struck out eight. It was a typical "he was on until he wasn't" night for Price. He had swing-and-miss stuff for five innings (10 swinging strikes, 7 on the curve), but got into some deep counts and either lost the hitter with a walk, or threw a predictable pitch that was hit. Like last night, the Mets had more than their fair share of 'dinky,' BABIP'd hits, but the Rays inability to shut the door with two outs led to some crooked numbers.
- There were a combined 24 strikeouts tonight.
Elliot Johnson reached base in the ninth on a Wright throwing error and scored thanks to some passed ball help. So, at least the Rays weren't shut out!
- On the bright side, this old gem of a commercial was unearthed and aired during the broadcast:
Matt MooreJeremy Hellickson looks to right the ship against "Sm00th" Johan Santana. Santana hasn't been good recently so the Rays offense will surely score tons of runs. It's a day game. Start time @ 1:10 PM.