The June 2, 2012 match up between the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets is the subject of the fifth annual progressive game blog, hosted by the writers of the United Cardinal Bloggers. This time we are also joined by some of our friends from the Mets side of the blogging community. We are glad to have them join us on this beautiful Saturday afternoon.
We take over the progressive blog from our friends at Fungoes, as the game enters the sixth inning. For a fun look at the last inning from the Mets side of things, take a peek at what out friends from Metrospectus had to say about it.
Less than 18 hours after being no-hit by Johan Santana, another Mets hurler is totally dominating the Cardinals hitters.
Knucleballer, RA Dickey, has breezed through the first five innings, throwing just 50 pitches (37 of them amazingly for strikes). Thus far, Dickey has given up only three hits – a double by Carlos Beltran and a single from Yadier Molina in the second inning, and a leadoff single by Shane Robinson in the third. Molina and Robinson were both erased on a double play, meaning that Dickey has faced just one over the minimum batters (16).
The Cardinals half of the Sixth
Shane Robinson leads off the sixth inning with a seeing eye double down the left field line. David Wright had no chance as the ball bounced over third base just inside the foul line. Robinson was thinking double all the way and cruised into second base standing.
The next Cardinals batter was Tyler Greene, part of a complicated double switch last inning. Victor Marte took over from the struggling Lance Lynn and is now hitting seventh. Daniel Descalso moves from second base to first, replacing Matt Adams. Tyler Greene is now the ninth place hitter and is playing second base. Greene was totally fooled by Dickey’s floater and struck out for the first out of the inning..
Rafael Furcal hits a harmless fly ball to left field, for the second out. Shane Robinson is still standing on second base.
Daniel Descalso grounds the ball up the middle for a sure RBI single. Daniel Murphy, the Mets second baseman, ranges far to his right and is able to keep the ball from rolling into the outfield. He could not make a play on Descalso at first, but Murphy saved a run as Robinson had to hold up at third base.
With two outs and runners on the corners, Matt Hollliday steps up to the plate in what turns out to be one of the game’s pivotal moments. A base hit, and the shutout it gone. An extra base hit and it is a one run game. If he hits the ball over the shortened fences at Citi Field, it is a tie game. It is all up to the Cardinals left fielder.
As with Tyler Greene earlier in the inning, Dickey ties up the Cardinals slugger with floater after floater. An 0-2 pitch appeared to be high in the strike zone, but Lance Barksdale called Holliday out on strikes. As has been an increasing trend lately, Matt Holliday and the home plate umpire discuss the call for a few moments with Holliday expressing his frustration. A closer look with the assistance of Gameday’s pitch tracker shows that Barksdale got the call correct – it was a perfect pitch at the top inside part of the zone. While Holliday may have gotten some bad calls earlier in the season, the last few called third strikes seemed to be correctly called.
That’s it for the Cardinals in the sixth. Dickey worked around the leadoff double masterfully. It took him just 14 pitches, upping his total to 64. He added two more strikeouts, for six so far in the game. Dickey has yet to issue a walk.
Mets half of the Sixth
Victor Marte will start his second inning of work for the Cardinals. He inherited a bases loaded two out jam in the fifth inning, but worked out of it in typical Marte fashion. Two pitches and a harmless grounder to end the inning. With the double switch, Marte is able to stay in the game with the hopes that he can keep the score where it is, 3-0 in favor of the Mets.
The Mets pitcher, RA Dickey, hits the first Victor Marte delivery on the ground to third base. David Freese flips the ball over to Daniel Descalso for the first out.
Victor Marte throws a 93 mph fastball past Kirk Nieuwenhuis for the second out in the inning.
Marte gets ahead of his fourth Mets hitter, but Andres Torres battles and lifts a 1-2 pitch over the head of Tyler Greene for a single, but is stranded there when David Wright ends the inning with a ground ball to Tyler Greene.
The Good: Victor Marte and RA Dickey both pitching brilliantly. Shane Robinson has his second leadoff hit, this time a double. But the play of the inning was Daniel Murphy diving to keep Daniel Descalso’s single on the infield, preserving the shutout for Dickey.
The Bad: Tyler Greene was totally flummoxed at the plate, waving his bat helplessly as Dickey’s floaters made him look foolish.
The Ugly: Matt Holliday had a chance to make this a game, and perhaps get into the Mets bullpen. He took a called third strike, and there ended the Cardinals most promising rally of the game (so far).
That’s it for the sixth inning. To see what happens in the seventh, let’s turn things over to Christine Coleman at Aaron Miles Fastball. For a look at the seventh from the Mets viewpoint, check out our friends over at Mets Public Record.