April 11, 2008: Two-Hitter Buries Brewers

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Date: April 11, 2008
Mets starter: Nelson Figueroa
Mets: 4
Brewers: 2
Winning pitcher: Nelson Figueroa
Key player(s): Nelson Figueroa, Carlos Delgado, Damion Easley, Raul Casanova
Key play: Delgado’s and Casanova’s singles, Easley’s sacrifice fly

The Mets faced the Brewers on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Four Mets pitchers combined on a two-hitter in a 4-2 win over Milwaukee.

Mets’ starter Nelson Figueroa retired all nine batters from the first inning to the third. The Brewers’ Manny Parra responded with a trio of scoreless bottom halves and Figueroa pitched a perfect top of the fourth. David Wright hit a single to lead off the bottom of the inning. Carlos Beltran drew a walk and advanced to third base on Carlos Delgado’s single that drove home Wright. Damion Easley followed with a sacrifice fly to score Beltran and a passed ball by catcher Jason Kendall sent Delgado to second. Ryan Church singled and a single by Raul Casanova brought home Delgado for a 3-0 Mets lead. Figueroa reached on Kendall’s error of a sacrifice bunt to load the bases. Parra then got Jose Reyes to hit a double play ground ball to third baseman Bill Hall for the inning’s final outs.

Corey Hart drew a two-out walk in the top of the fifth. J. J. Hardy doubled to drive home Hart and a called third strike was thrown past pinch-hitter Joe Dillon to end the inning. Milwaukee reliever David Riske surrendered just a walk to Beltran in the bottom half and Rickie Weeks walked with one out in the top of the sixth. Gabe Gross was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Church. Weeks stole second base and came home on Prince Fielder’s double, cutting the Mets’ lead to 3-2. Figueroa got Ryan Braun to fly out to center fielder Beltran and finish off the inning. Riske then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Joe Smith hurled a scoreless top of the seventh. Pinch-hitter Endy Chavez drew a walk against the Brewers’ Salomon Torres to begin the bottom of the inning. Chavez moved to second base on Marlon Anderson’s sacrifice bunt and scored the Mets’ fourth run on a single by Angel Pagan. Wright followed with a single on which Pagan went to third via an error by center fielder Gross. Beltran then grounded back to Torres for an inning-ending double play.

Mets’ reliever Aaron Heilman retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. Torres pitched a perfect bottom half and New York’s Billy Wagner retired Fielder on a grounder back to the mound to open the top of the ninth. Wagner then got both Braun and Hall to fly out to Church and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory to start the weekend series.