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Baffling the League
Tonight, the New York Mets beat the Baltimore Orioles by a score of 4-0, but the real talk is of the amazing story of R.A. Dickey. With his one-hit shut-out, Dickey became the first MLB pitcher to throw back-to-back one-hitters since Dave Stieb, of the Toronto Blue Jays, completed the feat in 1988. The accomplishment had not been done in the National League since Jim Tobin did it in 1944. Dickey also becomes the first player in Major League history to throw back-to-back complete game one-hitters with 10+ strikeouts. Tonight, Dickey fanned 13 while striking out 12 on Wednesday. Tonight’s lone hit came of the bat of Wilson Betemit in the fifth inning.
R.A. Dickey has a story to tell. He recently opened up about being sexually abused as a child and overcoming years of self-doubt. While struggling to make it as a Major League pitcher, Dickey turned to the knuckleball as a last resort. Well, let’s just say he’s mastered the pitch. Dickey is now 11-1 with a 2.00 ERA and is making a serious run for the Cy Young.
R.A. Dickey is the 1st pitcher with consecutive 1-hitters since Dave Stieb in 1988. He’s the 1st NL pitcher since Jim Tobin in 1944.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 19, 2012
R.A. Dickey is the first pitcher in modern baseball history (since 1900) with back-to-back CG one-hitters of 10+ strikeouts. #Elias
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 19, 2012
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In between watching R.A. Dickey shut down the Baltimore Orioles to get the Mets back on a winning streak, check here for Brandon Nimmo photos and updates. Nimmo made his Brooklyn Cyclones debut tonight at MCU Park in Coney Island.
Brandon Nimmo (Photo by Jim Mancari)
First at-bat: Nimmo grounds out to first base with pitcher covering. 0-for-1