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Thursday, September 27, 2012
In the final 2012 game at Citi Field on Thursday, R.A. Dickey and the Mets rode out with a game to remember. Dickey, the Mets’ Cy Young Award candidate, spun 7-2/3 solid innings and David Wright’s three-run homer helped the knuckleballer win his 20th game in a superlative season with a 6-5 triumph over the Pirates before an enthralled crowd of 31,506.
The Mets relievers, who make up the worst bullpen in baseball, inherited a 6-3 lead and gave up a pair of runs in the ninth but ultimately closed out the win.
Dickey (20-6) became the first Mets pitcher since Frank Viola in 1990 to his the 20-win mark and the first knuckleballer to do it since Joe Niekro won 20 in 1980 for the Astros. The victory moves him into a tie for the major league lead - at least momentarily - with Washington’s Gio Gonzalez, who pitches later tonight. His career-high tying 13 strikeouts moved him into the league lead with 222. He did fall just behind the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw for the league lead in ERA, 2.68 to 2.69.
Posted: September 27, 2012 at 03:32 PM | 39 comment(s)
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