- Matt Ehalt, ESPN New York contributor
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WHAT IT MEANS: The Mets rallied to beat the Phillies 2-1 behind a go-ahead RBI double in the eighth inning by David Wright, but the team failed once against in its search for its first no-hitter. Pitcher R.A. Dickey was just eight outs away from Mets immortality, but could not accomplish the historic feat.
VALIANT EFFORT: Dickey took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but yielded an one-out double by Shane Victorino that ended his attempt at glory. The lack of a no-hitter now leaves the Mets at 7,963 games without one in their franchise history.
Dickey pitched well in the game, as the Phillies rarely hit the ball hard through the first six innings, but his knuckleball failed him in the seventh. After the double by Victorino, Ryan Howard singled to center to score Victorino and Raul Ibanez followed with another single up the middle. He lost his perfect game in the sixth inning by walking Carlos Ruiz.
Dickey gave up just those three hits and one run over seven innings in his final start of the season. There's a chance he can work out of the bullpen in the final five games, but he will likely finish his year with an 8-13 record. His record is deceiving, though, as his ERA after Saturday's game is just 3.28.
BIG VAL: In a moment you probably did not expect to see this season, Val Pascucci hit a monstrous pinch-hit home run off Cole Hamels to tie the game at 1-1 in the seventh inning. He blasted Hamel's pitch into the left field seats to give him his first home run since he played with the Expos in 2004.
LINGERING SICKNESS: Jason Bay missed all three games against St. Louis and ended up being pulled from Saturday's game with continued symptoms from his illness. He was pulled between the third and fourth innings and was 0-for-1 with a double play on the day. It would be safe to assume he'll miss the nightcap.
REYES TRACKER: Jose Reyes went 1-for-3 Saturday and is now batting .330 on the season. He has temporarily taken the lead for the NL batting title over Ryan Braun. Braun entered the day tied with Reyes at .329 and has a scheduled game tonight against Florida while Reyes will likely sit out the second game of the doubleheader.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Mets don't have much time to rest as they face the Phillies in the second game of the doubleheader. It will be Dillon Gee (12-6, 4.48 ERA) opposing Joe Blanton (1-2, 5.30) at 7:10 p.m.
12hZach Mariner and Marty Callinan, ESPN Stats & Info