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Mets v. Phillies 8-13-10 game blog

Mets:
1. Reyes
2. Pagan
3. Wright
4. Beltran
5. Hessman
6. Francoeur
7. Blanco
8. Tejada
9. Dickey

Phillies:
1. Rollins
2. Polanco
3. Ibanez
4. Sweeney
5. Werth
6. Victorino
7. Schneider
8. Valdes
9. Hamels

Pre-game notes:

- Carlos Ruiz was in the lineup but was scratched with a sore right quad according to Phillies manager Charlie Manuel.
- Yesterday the Mets got their major league-leading 17th shutout of the season; San Diego is second with 14.
- Mets starters are 3-1 with a 1.34 ERA over their last six games
- R.A. Dickey had his first bump in the road in quite awhile in his last start, vs., of course, the Phillies. He allowed six runs (four earned) in three innings. But overall, he’s been a Godsend for the Mets this year.
- In two starts against the Mets this year, Cole Hamels is 0-2, losing a 3-0 game on May 27 and a 1-0 game on August 7th. He’s given up three earned runs in 13 1/3 innings against them this year.

6:22 p.m. - Pat Misch will start tomorrow's game against Roy Halladay.

7:15 p.m. - Nice play by Reyes on a hard-hit Rollins grounder and nice scoop by Hessman on the other side of the play to nab Rollins. Polanco strikes out and Ibanez goes down swinging to end a strong first frame for Dickey. 

7:28 p.m. - Angel Pagan, come on down! You're the next contestant on "Stranded Runners in Scoring Position." After a one-out single, Pagan stole second and third, only to remain there after David Wright grounded out and Carlos Beltran flew out to center.

7:41 p.m. - Two lineouts and a groundout and Dickey has another quick inning. He looks to be rebounding mightily from his last start against Phili…Unfortunately for the Mets Hamels executes a 1-2-3 inning on his end as well to further stymie any advances. Good pitching duel early on.

7:48 p.m. - Yes, Dickey looks good. So good in fact that the only runner to reach base so far has been Wilson Valdez, with a walk. So a blank-blank is indeed in progress thus far. But for anyone hoping for Dickey to complete, remember this: he's at 49 pitches...he's going to need to cut down on that pitch count drastically if he wants to get past the 7th inning.

8:00 p.m. - This edition of "Special Report: R.A. Dickey" features the following info: Polanco grounded out, Ibanez popped out and Sweeney grounded to third. Dickey's pitch count is at 58 -- just a nine-pitch inning for the knuckleballer. Unfortunately for him, the Mets have been so far held to just one-hit by Hamels.

8:05 p.m. - David Wright's comebacker appeared to have hit Hamels on the inside of the right knee, but Hamels recovered the ball and threw out right. The coaching staff came out to check on him, but Hamels remains in the game and appears to be okay.

8:13 p.m. - On a 3-2 pitch Werth goes down on strikes before Victorino strikes out on three pitches. Schneider grounds weakly to Dickey, who's at 70 pitches (45 strikes). There have so far been 29 total batters face in this game by either side and the offenses have contributed one hit and one walk.

8:17 p.m. - Mike Hessman appears to go deep to left field, but the Phillies contend that a fan reached out and touched the ball, making it a ground-rule double. The umpires are currently reviewing the play, though the general consensus here is that the hit is a homer. Replays seems to show the ball hitting the green railing above the left field wall, not a fan's hand.

8:24 p.m. - Shows what we know. The umps seem to have split the difference awarding Hessman third base (gotta wonder how Hessman could have legged out a triple on that) on a 6:35 review.

8:28 p.m. - What a game. After the odd Hessman call, Francoeur and Blanco strike out and the Phils walk the .185 hitting Ruben Tejada to get to the .185 hitting R.A. Dickey. I know there's such a thing as an unearned run, but if Hessman doesn't come home, is there a way to charge a pitcher with an earned non-run?

8:30 p.m. - Dickey grounds out. Many, many, many Mets fans boo. I gotta feeling they aren't booing Dickey.

9:12 p.m. - Sorry for the long break, but I had to take care of some newspaper work. The sixth was eventful for the Mets, as R.A. Dickey lost his no-hit bid on--of all things--a one-out single to Cole Hamels. In the bottom half of the inning Hamels allowed the lone run of the game (so far) on back-to-back double by Wright and Beltran.

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