Diamondbacks split 4 with Mets
Phoenix – AZ
The New York Mets got off to a hot start against the Arizona Diamondbacks and pitcher Joe Saunders by scoring 2 runs in the top of the first.
With one out, Daniel Murphy singled and scored when David Wright doubled. Wright then scored on a double by Scott Hairston making the score 2 – 0. After that, Diamondbacks pitcher Joe Saunders settled down and even though he issued a walk to Mets left fielder Jason Bay, no more runs scored.
In the top of the fifth inning, the Mets manufactured a run making the score 3 – 0 when Wright walked, stole second and then scored on a hit by Hairston who was still hot against his former team.
The top of the sixth inning saw the Mets score again when center fielder Andres Torres scored on two-out double by Murphy making the score 4 – 0.
The Diamondbacks had opportunities in the Bottom of the second inning when with one out, Paul Goldschmidt’s single was followed by Miguel Montero being hit by a pitch. A strike out by Chris Young and a walk to Gerardo Parra loaded the bases for pitcher Joe Saunders. Saunders struck out leaving the bases loaded.
The Diamondbacks finally got to R.A. Dickey in the bottom of the sixth inning when Aaron Hill, who reached and advanced to third on a throwing error and later a wild pitch, scored on a single by Paul Goldschmidt, cutting the lead to 4 – 1.
The Mets put the game out of reach in the eighth inning when they added another run of Diamondbacks reliever Brad Bergensen when Torres scored on a double by Josh Thole which made the score 5 – 1 and that’s how it ended.
Goldschmidt was the only Diamondback that could get a hit off Dickey getting 2 of the 4 hits that he allowed. The rest of the order was stymied
There is a lot that can be talked about in this game, but the story is Dickey who improved to 14 – 2 by not giving up an earned run in seven innings, getting 8 strikeouts and scattering 4 hits on 111 pitches.
Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said “He (Dickey) shut us down… we had minimal opportunities”
The Diamondbacks split their 4-game series with the Mets, but they leave knowing that they were 7 – 3 on this home stand. Kirk Gibson said that they “did good” and when he was asked if he was happy with that, Gibson said “sure… a 7 – 3 stretch is good”.
The Diamondbacks now embark on a 10-game road trip against the LA Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Diamondback center fielder Chris Young said the goal on a road trip like this is “to win every series” and “sweeps are a bonus”. Chris Young Dbacks 07-29-2012
If the Diamondbacks do that, they will have another 10-game stretch of going 7 -3 and that would be a successful road trip.