Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Mets 1, Marlins 0
By Adam Rubin
Recap | Box score | Photos
WHAT IT MEANS: The Mets finish with an all-time record of 74-72 at Sun Life Stadium (formerly Joe Robbie, Pro Player, Dolphin and Land Shark). They also split the 18-game season series, going 5-4 in Miami and 4-5 at Citi Field against the Marlins.
R.A. Dickey limited the Marlins to four hits and three walks while striking out three in a 106-pitch effort over seven scoreless innings. Dickey has contributed nine straight quality starts, the longest streak of his career. He tossed 20 innings without allowing an earned run against the Marlins in 2011.
"It was a very momentum-type outing for me," Dickey said. "I started off mediocre the way it felt in my hand. It's really hard to throw a good knuckleball with a lot of moisture in your hand. It's incredibly humid. And we got some rain -- a little bit. The second and third innings I really had to fight out of some jams. I was fortunate enough to make some good pitches."
The lone run came in the first inning against Marlins left-hander Brad Hand, as Jose Reyes opened the game with a single and scored on Lucas Duda’s one-out double.
Marlins left fielder Logan Morrison threw out David Wright attempting to score from second base on Jason Bay’s single to end the top of the eighth.
Reyes went 1-for-2 with two walks as his average remained at .335.
PENULTIMATE: Josh Stinson worked around a leadoff bunt single from Emilio Bonifacio to toss a scoreless eighth, stranding Bonifacio at third base by striking out Gaby Sanchez. Manny Acosta then notched his fifth career save, and second save as a Met. The other came Aug. 18, 2010 in a 14-inning win at Houston.
Stinson has opened his major league career with 5 2/3 scoreless innings.
“I’ll tell you what: I thought today was the most relaxed he’s looked in his outings,” Terry Collins said about Stinson. “He looked like he knew he belonged out there and he made pitches. As a matter of fact, Mike (Nickeas) said he made a couple of good pitches that didn’t get called. He looked very much the part of a big leaguer.”
As for Acosta, Collins added: “That would be a good question for him -- just exactly where did it all come from -- because this guy in the last month, the last six weeks, has not only amped it up emotionally, but he throws all of his pitches for strikes. He’s down in the zone for the most part. It’s been very impressive.”
WHAT’S NEXT: Right-hander Chris Schwinden (8-8, 3.95 at Triple-A Buffalo) makes his major league debut in Game 1 of a Hurricane Irene makeup doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday at 4:10 p.m. at Citi Field. Schwinden opposes left-hander Mike Minor (4-2, 4.09). In Game 2, Dillon Gee (12-5, 4.48) faces right-hander Julio Teheran (0-1, 5.19).