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Diamondbacks 1, Mets 3: R.A Dickey's Knuckle Sandwich KO

Record: 14-15. Pace: 78-84. Change on last season: +1

Consider it lucky if you happened to not watch/listen to this one. It started ugly and only got better for about 10 minutes at the end. R.A Dickey decided to channel the souls of every knuckleballer to ever pitch in the MLB and it paid off amazingly as he pitched shutout baseball into the 9th. The Diamondbacks meanwhile decided that getting hits were SO last year and swung at just about everything Dickey threw with no success. Hit the Jump. Now.

Final - 5.6.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Arizona Diamondbacks 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 0
New York Mets 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 X 3 6 0
WP: R.A. Dickey (4 - 1)
SV: Frank Francisco (7)
LP: Trevor Cahill (2 - 3)

If you missed this game I wouldn't have blamed you. An early start for those who's only day to sleep-in is Sunday (that's me). The Mets started R.A Dickey and he was on his game early on. The spirits of those long gone helping him find the zone early and often. He had an absolute perfect opening 3 innings, 0 hits, 3 K's and very quick innings.

The Diamondbacks countered with Trevor Cahill and was not like his usual down in the zone self in the first and he paid the price for it. A very questionable leadoff walk put Andres Torres on first. 1 fly-ball later(!!!) David Wright laced a single up the middle and as Parra tried to throw out Torres at 3rd, Wright went into 2nd. After a foul tip strike out from Lucas Duda, up came Daniel Murphy and made the Dbacks pay for pitching to him with a 2 run single right up the middle on a pretty good pitch up and in.

After another quick out from Willie Bloomquist leading off the top of the 3rd, Gerardo Parra decided enough is enough and lofted a ball into left field that fell just fair and out of the reach of a diving Kirk Niewenhies for a ground rule double. Upton flew out to deep left and Parra advanced to 3rd. Kubel then walked giving Goldy a chance to drive in the run but he flew feebly out to Torres in Center.

The Diamondbacks threatened again in the 6th after a walk from Bloomquist, Gerardo Parra slapped a single to right field and with 1 out had runners on 1st and 2nd and Justin Upton up. He flew out to right for the 2nd out but Bloomquist advanced on the play. So here's the situation, down by 3 with runners on the corners and 2 outs with Jason Kubel up so what do you do? If you answered get picked off at 1st, you win a rec from me. While it did look like Dickey didn't come to a complete stop on the play, Parra doesn't need to be anywhere near a position to be picked off. Oh well, such is life in the Gibby era.

Cahill didn't have any more trouble until the 4th when a 2 out walk (obligatory walks always score comment) to Ike Davis (ASU! ASU!). Ruben Tejada laid down a beautiful bunt and beat the throw for a bunt single but had a scare that reminded me of this but a lot less funny. Last I heard, it was just a right quad strain and hopefully it is nothing more than that. After the injury delay, Josh Thole grounded one up the middle for a single and Ike Davis came around to score. After that, Cahill calmed down and finished the game with a line of 7 IP, 6 hits, 3 ER, 2 BB, and 2 K's. An overall great line from him and something I think all of us would take.

Mike Zagurski then came on for the 8th and and had a harmless inning of relief while John McDonald almost made the most amazing play I have ever seen. Slow roller past the mound to second and from my understanding, he barehanded it and threw behind his back while falling down to Goldschmidt but was a step or two late.

R.A. Dickey came out for the 9th with his sights set on his 3rd career shutout but Gerardo Parra walked and Justin Upton finally came through with a double down the line to score Parra from 1st. There was some confusion as to whether he would get the rbi since Kirk Newinheis bobbled it but, like at Coors, the official scorers show mercy in Kirk's case. After the double, R.A. Dickey's day was through. He threw over 62% of his pitches for strikes and had that dancing knuckler working all day long. Tim Brydak got Kubel to fly out to the warning track but Krik Nouwenhouse was there to put it away for out #1. After that quick out, Frank Francisco came on and struck out Paul Goldschmidt for out #2. Miguel Montero was our only hope now and on an 0-2 count drove a ball high and deep into right field. Did he do it? Did he tie the game? NOPE! Game Over, Mets win.

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[Click to enlarge, at fangraphs.com]
Eddie Rommel: Gerardo Parra: +6.4%
Steve Sparks: Miguel Montero, -11.5%

Tim Wakefield: Trevor Cahill, -10.1%

Between the early start time and the weak performance of the Arizona bats, not much interest in the Gameday Thread. AzDbackfanInDc led things, but that only took 67 comments. Also present in it were: hotclaws, txzona, Clefo, kishi, dback4life, asteroid, Augdogs, blank_38, NASCARbernet, 4 Corners Fan, jjwaltrip, Nauk, PR151, Bryn21, snakecharmer, Jim McLennan, piratedan7, TinySarabia, Majabe, garik16, fandbacks, SongBird and CaptainCanuck.

Comment of the Day goes to me for posting a picture of Mark Grace's message to the fans. Kidding. The real CotD goes to piratedan7 for his amazingly true but totally wrong comparison.

who does this Dickey guy think he is?

Joe Saunders?

The road trip that saw the Dbacks start 4-1 but finish 5-5 is thankfully over. We now get a nice little 6-game homestand starting on Monday against the Cardinals that will pit our ace Joe Saunders against the 5-0 Lance Lynn. Don't be too concerned about his record, he's faced the Pirates and Cubs twice with Milwaukee in there somewhere.

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