Thursday, June 17, 2010
Game 66: Mets @ Indians
By Adam Rubin
The Mets will head into the second Subway Series on a seven-game winning streak. After sweeping Baltimore, the Mets performed the same feat in Cleveland to improve to 14-18 on the road. R.A. Dickey improved to 5-0 as the Mets beat the Indians, 6-4, on Thursday. Elmer Dessens was perfect in the eighth and Francisco Rodriguez produced this 15th save, striking out Travis Hafner to end it.
9:53 p.m.: The Mets win, 6-4.
9:33 p.m.: Elmer Dessens works a 1-2-3 eighth.
9:25 p.m.: Jose Reyes delivers his third hit, an RBI triple in the eighth, as the Mets restore a two-run cushion.
9:17 p.m.: The Indians score once against Pedro Feliciano. Mets lead, 5-4, heading to the eighth.
9:08 p.m.: Pedro Feliciano on for the seventh with the Mets still leading, 5-3. R.A. Dickey's line: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 102 pitches (69 strikes)
8:44 p.m.: Fernando Nieve, who has not appeared in a week, warming for the Mets as Travis Hafner's groundout scores a run and allows the Indians to pull within 5-3 in the fifth. ... Dickey strikes out Austin Kearns and Russell Branyan consecutively to end the frame, though, and settle things down.
8:28 p.m.: Chris Carter fouls a ball off the outside of his left knee in the fifth inning, but remains in the game and singles to right field.
8:24 p.m.: Henry Blanco has matched Rod Barajas' total from the last game pitched by R.A. Dickey with two passed balls.. Mets nonetheless lead, 5-2, after four innings.
8:16 p.m.: Consecutive RBIs by David Wright and Ike Davis in the fourth give the Mets a 5-2 lead.
8:04 p.m.: Ruben Tejada's two-out error in the third inning allows the Indians to pull within 3-2. Tejada, playing on the outfield grass, can't handle Travis Hafner's routine grounder. The miscue results in Hafner being safe at first and Shin-Soo Choo scoring all the way from second base.
7:47 p.m.: Jhonny Peralta produces an RBI single against R.A. Dickey in the second inning. Mets still lead, 3-1.
7:21 p.m.: Of all people, who would have though ultra-intense Chris Carter did take an opportunity to absolutely bowl over a catcher? On Jesus Feliciano's single to left field, Carter is waved home from second base by Chip Hale. He's out comfortably to end the top of the first, without delivering a significant jolt to rookie catcher Carlos Santana.
7:19 p.m.: It looks like the Mets may be better off with R.A. Dickey than Baltimore's Kevin Millwood or Cleveland's Jake Westbrook. The Mets make it 3-0 in the first inning against Westbrook with an RBI single Henry Blanco, after battering Millwood in Baltimore earlier in the trip.
7:13 p.m.: Ike Davis then drives in Jose Reyes with a one-out single to left field. And Jeff Francoeur, up to fifth in the order with Jason Bay out, scores Angel Pagan with a sacrifice fly. Mets lead, 2-0, in the first inning.
7:10 p.m.: Jose Reyes singles and advances to second base on a hit by Angel Pagan in the first inning. Reyes then should have been picked off second base, but Luis Valbuena drops the ball. Reyes did need a visit from the training staff, though, because he appeared to catch Valbuena's spikes on his right wrist.
7:05 p.m.: Lineups:
Jose Reyes, SS
Angel Pagan, CF
David Wright, 3B
Ike Davis, 1B
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Chris Carter, DH
Henry Blanco, C
Jesus Feliciano, LF
Ruben Tejada, 2B
R.A. Dickey, RHP
Jason Donald, SS
Shin-Soo Choo, RF
Carlos Santana, C
Travis Hafner, DH
Austin Kearns, CF
Russell Branyan, 1B
Jhonny Peralta, 3B
Shelley Duncan, LF
Luis Valbuena, 2B
Jake Westbrook, RHP