8-13-10 Z-Cap: K-Rod Who? Dickey Finishes Off Phils

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8-13-10 Z-Cap: K-Rod Who? Dickey Finishes Off Phils
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With the Mets closer, Francisco Rodriguez on the restricted list for the last 2 days, NY received the relief theyhad been searching for from Thursday nights starter, Johan Santana (9IP, 0 ER, 10 K), and again tonight from lunch pail kid, R.A. Dickey. Dickey was able to follow up a brilliant start from the staff ace with his own record book performance. He threw the teams 35th 1 hitter, allowing only a 6th inning single to Cole Hamels, as he led the New York Mets to a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. It was the first time that the Mets have received back to back complete game shut outs in 8 years (Pedro Astacio & Jeff D’Amico), while giving the team their MLB leading 18th shut out victory. It marked the 5th time this season (4th in a row at home), that they were able to blank their division rivals and with what was starting to feel like an eternity, they have won back to back games for the first time since June 22/23 (vs Detriot) in the process. Manager Jerry Manuel had this to say about the recent pitching performances by Santana and Dickey:

For those guys to take it upon themselves as starters, to start and complete the game was huge for us. It was very big for us they have done a tremendous job all year.”

Mike Hessman, who was playing in place of Ike Davis, led off the bottom of the 5th inning with what appeared to be a solo home run to give NY a 1-0 lead.  Because the ball hit off of the hands of a fan leaning over the fence, home plate umpire Ed Rapuano called an umpire’s meeting and placed the play under review.  After watching the replay it seemed as if the crew would emerge from the tunnel confirming their original call to be correct and reward Hessman with his 2nd home run of the season.  Instead for reasoning unbeknown to me, the crew reversed their call and placed Mike on 3rd base. I think Steve Popper of the Bergan Record described the play best when he stated:

Wow. Ridiculous. 1st, the ball was hit way over the fence. 2nd, Hessman would never run out triple even if the ball went into the upper deck

About 3 hours ago

Steve Popper





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