R.A. Dickey throws second consecutive one-hitter
R.A. Dickey became the first major-league pitcher in 24 years to throw consecutive one-hitters in Mets' 5-0 victory over Baltimore.
NEW YORK — R.A. Dickey's impeccable control with that dancing knuckle ball has made him the most dominant pitcher in baseball.
Dickey became the first major-leaguer in 24 years to throw consecutive one-hitters and Ike Davis hit a grand slam to lead the New York Mets past the Baltimore Orioles 5-0 on Monday night.
Coming off a one-hit gem at Tampa Bay last Wednesday, Dickey struck out a career-high 13 and allowed only Wilson Betemit's clean single in the fifth inning. He has not permitted an earned run in 42-2/3 innings, the second-longest stretch in club history behind Dwight Gooden's streak of 49 innings in 1985.
"I'm going to leave it to you guys to explain it. I'm just going to try to be in the moment with it," Dickey said.
The previous pitcher to throw consecutive one-hitters was Dave Stieb for Toronto in September 1988, according to STATS LLC. The Mets said the last to match the feat — or top it — in the National League was Jim Tobin with the 1944 Boston Braves, according to research by the Elias Sports Bureau. Tobin tossed a one-hitter followed by a no-hitter.
The 37-year-old Dickey (11-1) walked two and became the first 11-game winner in the majors, befuddling Baltimore with knucklers that ranged from 66-81 mph in a game that took just 2 hours, 7 minutes. He fanned the final two hitters, topping his previous career best of 12 strikeouts set Wednesday against the Rays.
"Yeah, it's surreal," Dickey said. "You almost get emotional out there, especially that last hitter. You hear everybody, like one big heartbeat beating. That's the best way I could explain it."
A longtime journeyman before joining the Mets in 2010, Dickey has won nine straight decisions and six consecutive starts. He is tied for the major league lead in earned-run average (2.00), strikeouts (103) and complete games (three).
It was his fourth game this season with double-digit strikeouts, most in the majors, and the fifth of his career. The right-hander has an incredible 71 strikeouts and six walks in his last seven starts.
• Toronto right-hander Kyle Drabek will undergo Tommy John surgery Tuesday and miss the remainder of the season.
Drabek felt a "popping sensation" in his elbow last week during an outing against the Washington Nationals. Preliminary tests showed Drabek suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) and a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews confirmed the diagnosis.
The 24-year-old underwent the same procedure four years ago while a member of the Phillies' farm system and required 13 months recovery and rehab before returning to the major leagues.
• Los Angeles Angels right-hander Jerome Williams was taken to a hospital after complaining of shortness of breath.
The club says Williams went to a hospital sometime after his start against San Francisco. Williams gave up seven hits and four runs while failing to get out of the fourth inning. He wasn't ill when he left the game.
Angels ace Jered Weaver will return from the disabled list Wednesday to pitch against San Francisco. Weaver has been out since leaving his May 28 start against the Yankees after just 12 pitches. Last season's AL Cy Young runner-up had lower back pain, but responded well to rest and treatment.
• Kansas City has placed second baseman Chris Getz on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left leg.
• Atlanta right-hander Brandon Beachy has a partial tear in his elbow and will see Andrews for a second opinion.