The Detroit Tigers turned in another dud of a performance tonight, falling to the New York Mets 5-0 at Citi Field tonight.
The Mets veteran right-hander R.A. Dickey won his sixth start (6-0) in seven tries, throwing eight scoreless innings, allowing just four hits. Dickey retired the final 13 batters he faced.
Jeremy Bonderman pitched another strong game, perhaps becoming the most consistent starter. Bondo allowed just two earned runs before departing, but was on the hook for two more when he was relieved by Joel Zumaya and Phil Coke. His final line: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K.
The Tigers had an opportunity in the first inning when they loaded the bases with two outs. Carlos Guillen ended the threat when he grounded out harmlessly to second.
After the first, the Tigers failed to get anything going offensively against a seemingly pedestrian Dickey knuckleball. They are not the only ones to struggle against Dickey, however, as he lowered his ERA to 2.33.
After retiring the first two hitters in the third inning, Bonderman had an 0-2 count on Jose Reyes, but left a ball out over the plate and Reyes singled. Those who know Reyes’ game will tell you that a single is almost always an automatic double, and he successfully stole second on a 1-0 pitch, even with Jim Leyland calling a pitch out. After a walk to Angel Pagan, David Wright slapped a double to left, scoring Reyes.
A Reyes solo jack in the fifth would be the only scoring until the seventh inning. The first two hitters reached base before Bondo was promptly relieved by Zumaya. Following a wild pitch to pitch to Dickey, which allowed the runners to advance, Zumaya walked the Mets’ pitcher on four pitches. Jesus Feliciano grounded into a fielder’s choice, which scored one run, but the deadly blow come off the bat of Ike Davis, driving an 0-2 Phil Coke slurve into right for 2 RBI.
Francisco Rodriguez pitched an uneventful ninth to finish off Detroit.
The Tigers will try to avoid a sweep tomorrow night. Armando Galarraga (2-1, 3.32 ERA) takes the hill and will face Hisanori Takahashi (6-2, 3.13 ERA).