Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey's remarkable pitching run likely came to an end last night when he was caught on the mound with a Wiffle Ball by home plate umpire Eric Cooper. It is believed that Dickey has been pitching all of his recent games with the hollow, plastic, perforated ball.
Dickey was not caught with the ball until after recording the final out of the game, giving him back-to-back 1-hit shutouts. The final out was recorded on a pitch that started just above the grass, darted 10-feet towards the third base line, gained six-feet in altitude and then shot back over the plate at the last second, catching Orioles first baseman Chris Davis flatfooted for a called third strike.
The frustrated Davis remarked that he "hadn't seen a pitch like that since my older brother used to strike me out in Wiffle ball," as he headed back to the dugout. That comment raised Cooper's suspicions.