You realize David Wright came between a night of pitching excellence and downright absurdity. Had he made the play in the bottom of the first (by my account, it was a hit) and the one in the bottom of the ninth, an obvious throwing error, baseball history would have been made. Not one, but two perfect games in one evening would have been thrown. Never before has that happened, and likely the planets will not align for another opportunity for a very long time.
With two outs in the first, Wright tried to bear hand a ground ball but it went off his hand and was correctly scored a hit. B. J. Upton was the batter, a friend of Wright’s growing up in Virginia. It was likely Wright would have not been able to throw him out. But if he had…
R.A. Dickey, the magnificent story continuing to develop for the Mets, retired the next 22 batters to face him before Wright created the only Mets error of the game, throwing wide to first. The runner ultimately scored a loan unearned run as Dickey completed the 36th one hitter in Mets history. And frankly, RA’s performance was more dominating than the no-hitter authored less than two weeks ago by Johan Santana.
Terry Collins has issued an appeal, to have the hit call reversed. Balderdash and poppycock I say. The call should stand. The Mets got a break in the Santana game when Beltran’s drive was not called a hit. The play Wright failed to make was a hit. That’s the way it was called, that’s the way it should stay.
Just after the Mets-Rays game concluded, Matt Cain took the mound for the San Francisco Giants across the continent. Against the Houston Astros, Cain struck out 14 and retired 27 consecutive batters completing the 22nd perfect game in baseball history (the second this season). His performance rivaled that of Sandy Koufax’s perfect game from September of 1965 when the Hall of Fame pitcher also struck out 14 batters.
Dickey’s one-hitter was the second authored by the knuckle-baller who is fast becoming a living legend. In addition to the one hitter, Dickey surpassed the Mets all time record of consecutive scoreless innings first set by Jerry Koosman in 1973. Jerry had thrown 31 and 1/3 scoreless innings. Now Dickey has bested Koos by one full inning at 32 and 1/3.
The win was Dickey’s 10th which leads the National League tied with Cardinals’ pitcher Lance Lynn who won his 10th last evening as well. In that game, Carlos Beltran hit his 19th home run of the season, the only run of the game. Looks like Carlos has found a home.
The other prominent ex-Met, Jose Reyes hit his second homer of the year last evening in Miami. It was a monster shot to left but it came in a losing effort as the Boston Red Sox completed a three game sweep of the Marlins.
Mets Fans for Yankees
Are you rooting for the Yankees? I am. No I have not lost my mind and become a Yankee fan. My focus is on the Mets. I root for any team playing a team in the way of the Mets. Right now the Yanks fit the bill just completing a three game sweep of the Braves. Next, the Yankees go to Washington to take on a red hot Washington Nationals team. I’m hoping that the Yankees can extend their six game winning streak that they started against the Mets to nine games over the weekend.
Citi Field News
New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg today announced plans to go forward for the redevelopment of Willets Point. The site outside of Citi Field, beyond 126th street, that currently looks like a war zone will be reconstructed to include retail, entertainment, and housing, some of which will be affordable. It will take years to complete and will turn the Citi Field location into a tourist destination. Infrastructure and clean up is already under way.