Back-to-back strong games from Ike Davis? Be still my heart! He was 2-3 and a walk with another double, two runs scored, and one RBI as the Mets’ beat the host Tampa Bay Rays, 9-1, behind the increasingly outstanding pitching of R.A. Dickey, who gave up just one hit — and that was a questionable scoring decision — to improve to a league-best 10-1.
The lone hit — a single by B.J. Upton in the first inning — came as third baseman David Wright flubbed a bare-handed play. I heard on the radio this morning that the Mets were going to appeal to the official scorer to change the hit to an error. (From MLB.com: “The Rays’ only hit came…when Wright was unable to make a barehanded play on Upton’s soft bouncer toward the third-base bag. Collins said afterward that he planned to appeal the ruling of a hit, though the ball’s position and Upton’s speed all strongly corroborated the official scorer’s verdict.”) It would be incredible and controversial if radical if such a “correction” of this magnitude was to be made this long after the conclusion of a game. And this on the same night when San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain tossed a perfect game against the Houston Astros, the first in the 135+-year history of that franchise.
UPDATE — Baseball Nation chief Rob Neyer weighs in, calls Mets “greedy” for seeking change.
Jason Marquis pitched a sparkler (finally), picking up his first win for the San Diego Padres with a 1-0 win over the Seattle Mariners. Marquis, who even his record with the Padres at 1-1, tossed 6.1 innings, giving up six hits, walking four, and striking out four. Because the game was hosted by the Mariners, he didn’t get a chance to bat.
Ian Kinsler was 0-4 as the Rangers beat the visiting Ariz. Diamondbacks, 1-0. Neither teammate Scott Feldman nor D’backs reliever Craig Breslow did not appear in the game. Feldman is scheduled start tonight’s series finale.
Ryan Braun was 2-6 with an RBI, but the Brewers lost to the host KC Royals, 4-3, in 11 innings.
Kevin Youkilis missed the Red Sox’s 10-2 win over the host Miami Marlins due to sore ribs after getting hit by a pitch from Steve Cishek on Tuesday.