When R.A. Dickey took the mound on Friday night, he was looking to win his NL-leading 15th game. However, it was not meant to be in the Padres 3-1 victory over the Mets.
“It stings, because we should’ve won that game.” said Dickey.
Dickey took a no-hitter into the fifth before it was broken up by Yonder Alonso, and had the San Diego Padres offense looking like wiffle ball players.
However, it was Dickey’s wrong doing when he walked the eighth place hitter Everth Cabrera, who has bunted into scoring position, stole third base, and scored on a sacrifice fly to tie the game at one.
The Padres later ruined the Dickey’s opportunity at his fifteen win when Yonder Alonso double to right, and 235 pound Carlos Quinten came chugging around third base. The throw from cut off man Ronny Cedeno was in plenty of time when Thole caught the ball. However, Quinten managed to strip the ball out of Thole’s glove to give the Padres a 2-1 lead.
“I just didn’t get my free hand on the ball, as I was getting to the ball, I got hit.” said Thole.
As the ball slipped out of Thole’s hands so did Dickey’s opportunity at win number 15.
Although Thole didn’t get the job done, neither did the Mets offense. Granted that Dickey was throwing a gem, the offense couldn’t push across another run the rest of the way and deserve much of the blame for last night’s loss.