Backed by an enormous offensive effort highlighted by a two homerun game by David Wright, R.A. Dickey held the first place Washington Nationals at bay to grab his 13th victory on the season and more importantly end the Mets six-game skid.
In one of the more prominent matchups of the season, knuckleballer R.A. Dickey took the mound going head-to-head with the Nats’ all-star southpaw Gio Gonzalez. It quickly however became very clear that this wouldn’t be the pitcher’s duel it was shaping up to be on paper. Gonzalez quickly allowed a base hit to Andres Torres which was followed by a first-pitch, moon shot off the bat of David Wright that landed over the bullpen in left center to stake the Amazin’s to an early 2-0 lead. Come the bottom half of the frame however, Ryan Zimmerman deposited a 79mph knuckleball in almost the exact same spot to cut the lead in half.
Fully aware of how the games have played out as of late, the Mets decided that a close game wouldn’t be sufficent, so in...