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KNUCKLED UNDER.....NY Mets 5, TIGERS 0, W 6/23/10
Posted on: 06-23-2010

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@ NYC, NY:

    R.A. Dickey dazzled Bengal
batters all night with his sinking
knuckleball and Jose Reyes fell a
double shy of the cycle as the Mets
made it two straight home wins
over the Tigers Wednesday night.
    Dickey went 8-IP and Frankie
Rodriguez finished up in a non-save
T-9th as the Mets whitewashed the
Tigers 5-0.
    The combined clean sheet was the
Mets' eighth home shutout already
this season at Citi Field. Detroit was blanked for the fifth time this year.
    Dickey (W, 6-0) induced a dozen groundball outs while striking-out four
and allowing just 4-H & 2-W. Dickey threw 61 of his 97 pitches for strikes
and retired the final 13 batters he faced.
    Each team threatened without scoring in the opening inning. Detroit
loaded the bases with 2-outs on a pair of walks sandwiched around a Magglio
Ordonez single, but Carlos Guillen grounded out to 2Base to end the T-1st
threat. Reyes led-off the B-1st with a triple over the head of Ordonez in
RField, but Bonderman got a strikeout and a pair of groundouts to escape
    Reyes 2-out singled in the B-3rd, then stole second. After Angel Papan walked,
Bonderman hung a breaking ball that David Wright hit down the 3Base line. After
landing fair, then curving into foul territory, Wright's safety struck the tarp
roll at the jut-out and bounced into short LField for an RBI-2B that scored Reyes
and put Pagan on third. Bonderman then got Ian Davis to groundout to SStop.
    Reyes cranked a 2-out, solo homerun (#6) to the second deck in RField to make
it 2-0 Mets in the B-5th.
    The one time Reyes didn't deliver was in the B-7th when the Mets had their
biggest offensive inning. Consecutive singled opened the frame to chase Bondo
(L, 3-5). Joel Zumaya's first pitch sailed to the backstop to move both runners up.
Zumaya then completed an unintentional 4-pitch walk to his mound counterpart
Dickey. Reyes bounced into a forceout at the plate to briefly keep the score 2-0.
Pinch-hitter Jesus Feliciano grounded-out, moving all the runners up and scoring
Ruben Tejada. After Zumaya walked Wright, Phil Coke came in to pitch as part of a
double switch. Davis singled in the hole between first and second to score two more
for a 5-0 margin. The play continued and the inning ended when Wright was out
attempting to go from first to third.
    At 3-for-4 with 3-R, Reyes was the only batter in the ballgame with multiple hits.   
    Bonderman threw 51 of his 70 pitches for strikes in his 6-plus-IP, getting charged
with 4-R/4-ER on 7-H & 1-W with 3-K.      
    The Tigers are just 3-10 in their last 13 road contests.
    The Mets improved to 11-3 in interleague games this year.
    DET      0-5-0, 6-LOB      (L) Bonderman, 3-5
    NYM     5-8-0, 6-LOB     (W) Dickey, 6-0


TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:   "We went up whacking away and just didn't center it.
They got two big hits and we didn't get any."

TIGERS 3B BRANDON INGE:   "[Dickey] threw one that I thought was going to hit me
and went for a called strike. It darted back across."

TIGERS CF JOHNNY DAMON:   "[Dickey's] knuckleball is almost as hard as his fastball,
so he throws kind of a changeup knuckler, also."

TIGERS 1B MIGUEL CABRERA:   "I didn't do my job [in the T-1st]. We can put pressure on
him then and it's a completely different game. I've got to do my job and make something

TIGERS LF BRENNAN BOESCH:   "[Dickey] had a hard one and a soft one. It's not just one
pitch. It's a knuckler change and a hard knuckler."

TIGERS SP JEREMY BONDERMAN:   "If I do what I did tonight, I'll be pretty successful...
[but]...The wins and losses aren't showing that."

METS SP R.A. DICKEY:   "It’s something I wanted to finish. But if keeping Frankie
[Rodriguez] sharp helps us win a ballgame later on, then I’m all for it."


    Earlier Wednesday the Tigers announced the signing of three more 2010 draft choices
plus two undrafted free agents:  #3 pick, CA Rob Brantly of Cal-Riverside; #20 choice RHP
Tyler White and #32 selection 1B Clay Jones, both from the University of Alabama; free
agent RHPs Steven Crnkovich from the Un iversity of Tennessee and Tim Mowry from Western
    The Mets are 21-7 in their last 28 outings.
    Wright's RBI was his NL-leading 56th.
    Dickey became the first Mets pitcher to win six straight starts since 2008. The
last time Dickey won six games in a season was 2004 for Texas (6-7) and the only time he
won more than that was his career-high of nine (9-8 for the Rangers) in 2003. Dickey's
only MLB complete game shutout was in 2003 vs Detroit.
    Pagan left the game in the Mid-7th due to right ribcage muscle spasms. His
replacement Feliciano gathered his first big league RBI.
    Mets ace LHP Johan Santana issued a statement but declined to answer questions
Wednesday concerning his reported involvement in a sexual battery case in Ft. Myers, FLA
last OCT 28TH. Santana echoed the Lee County Sheriff's Office comments saying the
incident was investigated but no charges were filed.  
    In Thursday night's series finale the probable pitchers are Hisanori Takahashi (6-2,
3.13) of the Mets vs Armando Galarraga (2-1, 3.32) of Detroit.


    The Toledo Mud Hens were 7-4 Wednesday morning losers at Louisville.
    On an injury rehab assignment from the Cincinnati Reds, RHP Edinson Volquez allowed
1-R/1-ER on 3-H & 0-W with 1-K in his 5-IP to get the win (1-0). Reds Cuban prospect Aroldis
Chapman made his first professional relief appearance and gave up 1-R/1-ER on 2-H & 1-W
with 3-K over the last 2-IP to earn the save (#1). Bats LFielder Todd Frazier was 2-for-4
with a 2rHR (#9) and 3-RBI.
    Todd's brother Jeff Frazier of the Mud Hens hit his IL-leading 24th double, Ryan Strieby
was 3-for-4 with 2-RBI and Wilkin Ramirez was 2-for-3 with a solo homer (#2) for Toledo.
Hens starter Ruddy Lugo took the loss (2-4).
    Toledo fell to 3-6 vs division rival Louisville this year and the Mud Hens are only 1-6 on


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