Before Friday’s series opener with the visiting New York Mets, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel talked about the importance of being patient against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.
Easier said than done when confronted with the floater. The Phillies took their hacks but were thrown off rhythm by the righthander, whose previous history at Citizens Bank Park left much to be desired.
Dickey surrendered one run over seven innings as the Mets opened the weekend series with a 5-2 win over the Phillies. Thus, the Phillies saw their modest two-game win streak snapped while the somewhat surprising Mets halted their two-game losing streak. While Dickey had a short sample at Citizens Bank Park, it wasn’t a good one. He was 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA in previous appearances.
On this night, he was a different pitcher before leaving for a pinch hitter in the eighth inning. Dickey allowed nine hits while striking out seven and walking one.
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