By Vincent Deforte
Close, but no cigar. It only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.
New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey almost did it again for the Mets, coming within one play of a no hitter, and 2 plays of a perfect game, on Wednesday night in Tampa, FL. Unfortunately, almost doesn’t count.
However, Dickey allowed only an infield single to B.J. Upton, which should have been scored an error, on his way to his second career one-hitter while breaking the franchise record for consecutive scoreless innings in a 9-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night.
When queried about his teams’ curious state of events recently, New York Mets manager Terry Collins replied, “We were two plays from a perfect game,” and added “I’ve seen a lot of games, but I’ve never seen a perfecto.”
Dickey broke the franchise record for scoreless innings by pitching 32 2/3 scoreless innings, besting Jerry Koosmans record by one inning.
Jerry Koosman had held the franchise-record of 31 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings for 39 years, achieving that feat way back in in 1973.
Collins said the team would appeal the scoring of the first inning single, but realized the league probably wouldn’t change it. “We said in the ninth inning that we’ve got to appeal that play. We’re probably not going to win it, but … what the heck,” added a frazzled Collins. “What have you got to lose except to have somebody say no?”
Pitcher Johan Santana takes the mound this afternoon as the Mets try to sweep the Rays at Tropicana Field at 1:10 p.m. (ET)