Stat Line Of The Night — 6/18/12 — R.A. Dickey
During his last start, Mets pitcher R.A. Dicky allowed only one hit against (although, many still believe it was an error, and not a hit) while striking out 12 batters. It was perhaps the most impressive pitching performance of his career, and few would have expected him to provide a repeat performance in his very next start, however, the 37-year-old righty used last night’s outing against the Baltimore Orioles to remind us that sometimes you simply have to expect the unexpected.
Dickey was lights-out once again, as he became just the third pitcher since 1945 to record back-to-back one-hitters, joining Sam McDowell (1966) and Dave Stieb (1988). The Orioles’ only hit of the game came in the top of the fifth inning, when Wilson Betemit singled on a line drive to right field with two outs. Two other Orioles batters would reach first base via walks, but they couldn’t muster an offense after that, as Dickey recorded a career-high 13 strikeouts over nine innings to earn the complete-game shutout during the Mets’ 5-0 victory.
Dickey’s stat line during last night’s game was awfully impressive, but what is even more impressive is his stat line over his last five starts. Not only has he gone an incredible 42 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run, but he also became the first pitcher in Major League history to record no earned runs and at least eight strikeouts in five straight starts. Those are awfully impressive numbers for the knuckleballer, earning him a well deserved spot on “The Stat Line of the Night” for Monday, June 18, 2012.