Remembering Mets History (2010) R.A. Dickey Tosses His First One Hitter

 Friday August 13th, 2010: In the second season of baseball at Citi Field the Mets would finish fourth going 79-83 disappointing their fans once again. The pitching staff was led by Mike Pelfrey's 15 wins (15-9). Second in the staff were Johan Santana & R.A. Dickey with 11 wins each. 

Dickey would lead the club in ERA with 2.84. Dickey spent three seasons with the Mets (2010-2012) winning twenty games in 2012. He also pitched three one hitters with his knuckleball during his Mets tenure.

Tonight, Jerry Manuel's third place Mets (58-57) took Charlie Manuel's second place Phillies (64-51) at Citi Field to a crowd of 35,440. The fans would see a classic a 1-0 pitcher's duel & Dickey's first Mets one hitter.  Dickey (7-5) took on the Phillies Cole Hamels (7-8) or Hole Camels as he was known to Mets fans.

In the 1st inning, Dickey struck out Placido Polanco & Raul Ibanez. In the 2nd he got two-line drive outs & grounder from Shane Victorino to end the inning. In the 3rd he issued his only walk of the game & retired the other three batters with no problem.

In the 5th inning he struck out Jason Werth & Shane Victorino, then got Brian Schneider to ground out. 

In the 6th, Dickey had his no hitter going late into the game, the fans began to feel something special. He struck out Wilson Alvarez to start the inning. 

Then, the pitcher Cole Hamels singled to right field. It was the only hit that Dickey would allow that evening, spoiling the no hit bid.

Dickey retired the next eleven batters in a row, striking out seven batters while walking just one to earn his 8th win of the year.

The lone Mets run came in the 6th inning. With two outs, David Wright doubled off Hamels to center field. Carlos Beltran followed with a double as well, scoring Wright with the only run of the game, handing Hamels his 9th loss.

Trivia: R.A. Dickey threw the 35th one hitter in Mets history, earlier that season, Jonathon Niese had thrown a one hitter. After Johan Santana threw the long awaited first Mets no hitter, Dickey would throw two more one hitters, in back-to-back starts in 2012, the Mets 36th & 37th in team history.

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