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Mets 3, Nationals 1: Dickey beats Wang

Jun 7, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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The highly anticipated (by 12 year-olds and me) matchup of R.A. Dickey and Chien-Ming Wang went down today. For those who like to keep track of such things, Dickey beat Wang, with the Mets prevailing over the Nats 3-1.

Dickey is the first pitcher in the majors to make it to nine wins. He was masterful today, throwing shutout ball into the eighth inning while allowing only four hits. Wang wasn’t quite as hard on opposing hitters, allowing eight hits over five and a third. He allowed only two runs, but in a close game like this with his pitcher running out of stamina, Johnson had to pull Wang.

Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer for the Mets and Daniel Murphy singled in an insurance run in the seventh. The win averts a sweep by the Nats. And ends the matchup that I’ve been giggling about all week because, again, I am the most immature 38 year-old father of two you will ever have the misfortune of encountering.

  1. youjivinmeturkey - Jun 7, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Nice One! hehehe

  2. juanquixote - Jun 7, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Best headline of the day

  3. dawgpoundmember - Jun 7, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    We had a good laugh about this matchup this morning, thanks for keeping the laughs going Craig!

  4. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 7, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    It’s because Dickey’s balls really have great movement, and he holds them in a special way only few MLB men can. Wang’s balls need more work before they can avoid those big brown sticks.

  5. Francisco (FC) - Jun 7, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Let’s see, we’ve had Hans vs Wang, Dickey beats Wang, Johnson beats Wang. Man that Wang is sure getting beat. Will there be any Dickey vs Johnson matchups later this year?

  6. goskinsvt - Jun 7, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Wait, it was 3-1 not 3-2..?

  7. cltjump - Jun 7, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    “Wang wasn’t quite as hard…”

    Well, that explains it.

  8. mungman69 - Jun 7, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Cute

  9. Stiller43 - Jun 7, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Dickey beats wang…

    Wang wasnt quite as hard…

    Johnson had to pull wang…

    Oh i see what you did there, nice.

    • tcombs10 - Jun 7, 2012 at 5:23 PM

      Wasn’t the final score 3-1? In writing the headline for the matchup between Dickey and Wang, it looks like you totally blew it.

      • CJ - Jun 7, 2012 at 7:12 PM

        just be thankful the score wasn’t 6-9

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 7, 2012 at 10:19 PM

        Yeah…that would suck…or blow…

  10. natsattack - Jun 7, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Nobody here took math?
    Everyone knows 3-2 = 3-1
    Duh.

  11. natstowngreg - Jun 7, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Dude, knew I could count on you for the 12-year old act — though not for getting the score right.

  12. proudlycanadian - Jun 7, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Wang was pulled first.

  13. RedHeadedBastard - Jun 7, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Both started out strong but Wang blew it halfway in the 5th. Dickey performed better and was pulled out before he could blow it in the 8th.

  14. yankeesgameday - Jun 7, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    /snicker
    /snicker
    /snicker

  15. Brian Murphy - Jun 7, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    We all know how this ends: The Pirates calling up their next big pitching prospect, Peniston McShaftChub.

  16. baseballbro - Jun 7, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    It’s the second most anticipated match up behind Furbush vs Fister.

    • cur68 - Jun 7, 2012 at 6:44 PM

      I await the Furbush/Fister duel with much anticipation.

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 7, 2012 at 6:57 PM

        When do Dickey, Johnson or Wang collide with Furbush?

      • cur68 - Jun 7, 2012 at 7:47 PM

        Dunno, but when it happens, I hope cameras are rolling.

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 7, 2012 at 10:15 PM

        Just imagine the soundtrack for that one….

  17. sumerduckman - Jun 7, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    If both starters had stayed in, and the game had lasted more than 4 hours, I would have to call my doctor.

  18. Jonny 5 - Jun 7, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    I wouldn’t be able to resist either ( head hangs in shame) good recap.

  19. southcapitolstreet - Jun 7, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Just you wait: next weekend, Wang will be going up against the Yanks

  20. theawesomersfranchise - Jun 7, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    There’s a Caucasian Dickey vs Asian Wang joke here… Something about about Wang coming up short.

    But I’m not going to make it

    Ill leave that to 20 Fingers

  21. card0109 - Jun 7, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Men… (shakes head)

  22. 4d3fect - Jun 7, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Something like “Wang was hard on Dickey in the early going but petered out in seven and Johnson had to pull him before he went nine”

    *Inner twelve- year- old*

  23. tsi4431 - Jun 7, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    The Nationals’ Wang blew his wad early and was yanked prematurely. He will need some performance enhancers to extend his next outing.

  24. styx630 - Jun 7, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    I’ll admit, I laughed.

  25. mungman69 - Jun 7, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Maybe they were coached by Dick Harter.

    • 4d3fect - Jun 7, 2012 at 11:10 PM

      or maybe Dick Pole.

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