R.A. Dickey nearly no-hits Phillies

New York Mets starter R.A. Dickey held the Philadelphia Phillies to one hit in a complete game, 1-0 shutout on Saturday. Opposing pitcher Cole Hamels, who also went the distance in the loss, got the only hit of the game for the Phillies. Some notes on Dickey's start:

One-Hit Shutout by Mets Pitcher

Two or fewer baserunners allowed

- This is the first season in Mets history in which they've had a pair of pitchers throw one-hit shutouts, yielding two baserunners or fewer in each game (Jonathon Niese had the other).

- This is the fourth time in Mets history that they pitched a one-hitter and the opposing pitcher had the only hit. That last happened on August 18, 2003, when Chin-Hui Tsao broke up Steve Trachsel's no-hit bid with a sixth-inning double.

- This was the Mets second one-hitter of the season. The last time the Mets had at least two one-hitters in a season (nine-innings or longer) was in 2003. They had three one-hitters in 2007, but two were in games shorter than nine innings.

- The last Mets pitcher with a complete-game one-hit shutout against the Phillies was Terry Leach in 1982 (10 innings)

- Dickey is the 14th pitcher to throw a shutout, allowing one hit or fewer in the majors this season, the most pitchers to do so in a season since 14 did so in 1993.

Most 1-Hitters Since 1962

9+ Inning Games

- The Mets once again fail to get a no-hitter, but they're excellent at getting very close. Since they entered MLB in 1962, only the Cubs and Dodgers have thrown more 1-hitters in games at least 9 innings in length.

- The Phillies haven't scored at Citi Field in almost a year! Their last run there came in the 9th inning on August 24, 2009 (36 straight scoreless innings).

- The Mets blank the Phillies for fifth time this season, the most shutouts they've had against the Phillies in one season since 1969 (7).

- The Mets have still never thrown a no-hitter and the Phillies have not been no-hit since 1978.

- The Phillies are shut out for 10th time this season, their most since 2003.

- It's the 18th shutout for the Mets this season, which leads MLB and is the most the team has had since 1988.

- The Phillies have been 1-hit twice this season --first time they've had 1 or fewer hits multiple times in the same season since 1985.

From Elias:

- R.A. Dickey threw a one-hitter tonight and the only hit he allowed was to pitcher Cole Hamels. It's only the third time in the last 17 years that a pitcher threw a one-hitter with the only hit allowed coming from a pitcher. The others were Tim Hudson with the Braves on May 1, 2006 (hit by Jason Jennings of the Rockies) and Steve Trachsel of the Mets on August 18, 2003 (hit by Chin-Hui Tsao of the Rockies).

- The last time the Mets posted back-to-back shutouts by their starting pitchers was May 14-15, 2002 (Pedro Astacio and Jeff D'Amico).

- The Mets have shut out the Phillies in each of their last four meetings in Queens. The only other time they shut out the same opponent in four straight home games was in 1988 (Pirates).