Final Score: Reds 6 Mets 1

The Mets (55-62) lost to the Reds (71-46) by the score of 6-1 tonight in Cincinnati.

The Least You Should Know:

R.A. Dickey gave up five earned runs on 10 hits and two walks in six innings pitched. He had nine strikeouts. 

Three of the five runs Dickey gave up came on solo home runs. 

Josh Thole recorded three passed balls while catching Dickey. 

The Mets scored their lone run of the game when Mike Baxter scored from third on a double play ball by Daniel Murphy in the fourth inning.

Mike Baxter and Ruben Tejada each had two hits, the Mets only hits of the game. 

The Mets fell to seven games under .500 for the first time this season.

For a full recap and box score, check out SNY’s In-Game Live.

Meredith Perri

I know that I am not alone in saying that when R.A. Dickey pitches, I expect something more. I expect that the Mets will actually be in the game… that they have a shot to win. Tonight understandably did not live up to these expectations. Dickey was at times extremely effective, as his nine strikeouts would suggest. Nonetheless, the Reds found a way to beat up on R.A., launching three home runs off of him, which matches the most home runs Dickey has given up as a Met.

Now clearly the umpires had an impact on Dickey tonight. The umps made Dickey remove two friendship bracelets from his glove hand in the second inning. As several people have pointed out on Twitter, Dickey told a fan earlier this season that he wore two friendship bracelets that were made by his daughters before he climbed Kilimanjaro. Cutting the bracelets off angered Dickey. When he got back on the mound in the third inning, he was still arguing with the umpires over it. Although Dickey proceeded to walk the first batter of that inning, he followed it up by striking out the side. All of that considered, I don’t think the umpires can be blamed for Dickey’s struggles. While it was certainly a distraction, Dickey showed that he had enough command to get batters out.

While Dickey and his bracelet were a major part of this game, I cannot look past the fact that the Mets’ lineup, once again, was relatively silent. Sure, they had the run in the top of the fourth inning, but other than that there was nothing. In fact, two of the Mets four hits went into that run. The only people to get hits in the game were the one and two batters in the lineup, and they weren’t exactly hard hits either. It took Mike Leake only 111 pitches to throw the complete game. That kind of production is not going to result in anything positive for the Mets.

The Mets will play Cincinnati in the final game of the three-game series tomorrow when Matt Harvey (1-3, 3.63 ERA) takes on RHP Homer Bailey (10-7, 4.08 ERA) at Great American Ball Park at 7:10 pm.