April 10, 2008: Pagan's Single Beats Phils in 12th

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Date: April 10, 2008
Mets starter: John Maine
Mets: 4
Phillies: 3
Winning pitcher: Jorge Sosa
Key player(s): Angel Pagan, Ryan Church, Carlos Beltran
Key play: Church’s single in 4th, Beltran’s single in 6th, Pagan’s single in 12th

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Thursday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Angel Pagan singled home the winning run in the 12th inning for a 4-3 Mets triumph over Philadelphia.

John Maine and the Phils’ Adam Eaton each pitched three scoreless innings to start the game. In the fourth, Maine shut down the Phillies again and Pagan got an infield single to begin the bottom half. Eaton threw a called third strike past David Wright and issued a walk to Carlos Beltran. Carlos Delgado grounded out to second baseman Chase Utley to advance the runners to second and third. Ryan Church singled to drive home Pagan and Beltran for a 2-0 Mets lead. Eaton then got Damion Easley on a ground ball to shortstop Eric Bruntlett for an inning-ending force play.

Maine and Eaton each pitched a perfect fifth. In the top of the sixth, Utley got a two-out single and walks to Ryan Howard and Pat Burrell loaded the bases for the Phils. Maine got Geoff Jenkins to hit a grounder to first baseman Delgado for a force play that ended the inning. Pagan doubled to lead off the bottom half and moved to third on Wright’s ground out to Bruntlett. Beltran singled to score Pagan for the Mets’ third run. Eaton fanned Delgado for the second out of the inning. With Church at bat, Beltran was caught stealing on a throw by catcher Chris Coste to Utley for the third out.

Leading off the top of the seventh, Pedro Feliz homered for the first Philadelphia run. Coste hit a double and Mets’ reliever Pedro Feliciano walked pinch-hitter Jayson Werth. Feliciano struck out the next three batters and the Phillies’ Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning. Howard hit a home run off reliever Aaron Heilman to begin the top of the eighth. Burrell drew a walk and Jenkins singled to send pinch-runner So Taguchi to third base. Feliz’s ensuing ground out to third baseman Wright plated Taguchi with the tying run. Heilman struck out Coste and got Werth on an inning-ending ground ball to Delgado. Philadelphia reliever J. C. Romero then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Billy Wagner and the Phillies’ Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless ninth inning. In the 10th, the Mets’ Joe Smith and the Phils’ Rudy Seanez each retired the side without a run. Werth and pinch-hitter Cole Hamels got back-to-back singles to open the top of the 11th inning. Smith struck out Bruntlett and reliever Scott Schoeneweis got Utley to hit a grounder to second baseman Easley for an inning-ending double play. Philadelphia’s Tom Gordon pitched a perfect bottom half. Jenkins reached on an error by Easley with two outs in the top of the 12th. Mets’ reliever Jorge Sosa then got Feliz to hit a force play grounder to Wright for the third out of the inning.

Gordon retired Brian Schneider on a pop-up to Utley to start the bottom of the 12th. Brady Clark grounded out to third baseman Feliz. Jose Reyes followed with a double to center field. Pagan hit a single that drove home Reyes to end the game. The Mets had concluded their first home series of the season with an extra-inning victory.