R.A. Dickey threw a one-hitter against Tampa Bay last Wednesday and now he has done it again, throwing his second-consecutive one-hitter, this time to lead the New York Mets to a 5-0 victory against the Baltimore Orioles.
The second-consecutive one-hitter makes Dickey the first major league pitcher to pull off that accomplishment in 24 years. The last pitcher to pull in consecutive-one hitters was Dave Stieb who pulled off the feat for Toronto in September 1988.
The last pitcher to accomplish the same feat in the National League was Jim Tobin who threw two-consecutive one-hitters for the Boston Braves in 1944.
The back-to-back wins give Dickey a super impressive 11-1 on the season, becoming the first 11-game winner in the Bigs this season. The most recent win also gave R.A. Dickey 13 strikeouts, beating his previous 13 K’s.
In his last seven starts Dickey has managed to strike out 71 batters while allowing only six walks, his ERA is now a very healthy 2.00.
R.A Dickey had managed to go 42 2/3 frames without an earned run, surrendering his first hit in the sixth inning. The pitchers last earned run came in Pittsburgh on May 22.
Dickey has racked up nine straight decisions and six consecutive starts. The two-hitter also marked his fourth game this season with double-digit strikeouts and the fifth of his career.
Dickey has not only been contributing with his arm, he also hit a leadoff single in the sixth against Jake Arrieta (3-9).
Baltimore, having won seven of their last eight outings were coming off consecutive shutouts in Atlanta.
If you want to know what a career season looks like, this is it.