April 11, 2009: Fifteen Hits Drown Fish

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Date: April 11, 2009
Mets starter: Livan Hernandez
Mets: 8
Marlins: 4
Winning pitcher: Livan Hernandez
Key player(s): Livan Hernandez, Luis Castillo, Carlos Delgado, Jose Reyes
Key play: Reyes’ double and homer, Delgado’s and Castillo’s RBI hits

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Saturday night in Miami. The teams played the second of three games in a weekend series. The Mets collected fifteen hits in an 8-4 win over Florida.

Livan Hernandez and the Marlins’ Ricky Nolasco each pitched two scoreless innings to start the game. Luis Castillo singled to lead off the top of the third. Castillo advanced to second base on Hernandez’s sacrifice bunt and came around to score on a double by Jose Reyes. Daniel Murphy lined out to Nolasco, who followed up with a throw to shortstop Hanley Ramirez for an out on Reyes and an inning-ending double play. Hernandez then held the Fish to a double by Emilio Bonifacio in the bottom half.

Carlos Delgado drew a one-out walk in the top of the fourth. Carlos Beltran hit a force play ground ball to second baseman Dan Uggla and a double by Ryan Church ensued. Brian Schneider grounded back to Nolasco to close out the inning and Hernandez pitched a scoreless bottom half. Castillo singled to open the top of the fifth. Hernandez’s sacrifice bunt moved Luis to second base and Reyes slugged a two-run homer. Murphy hit a single and David Wright was called out on strikes. Delgado doubled to drive home Murphy and extend the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Nolasco retired Beltran on a pop-up to Uggla for the inning’s third out. Hernandez then yielded just a single to Cameron Maybin in the bottom half.

Church hit a double against Florida reliever Andrew Miller to begin the top of the sixth. Schneider grounded out to Uggla and a single by Castillo brought home Church with the Mets’ fifth run. For the third time in the game, Hernandez sacrificed Castillo to second base. Miller got Reyes to hit a grounder to third baseman Bonifacio and finish off the inning. Hernandez then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Delgado singled with two outs in the top of the seventh. Beltran hit a double and Miller retired Church on an inning-ending ground ball to Ramirez. Uggla drew a walk against Hernandez to lead off the bottom half. Jeremy Hermida flied out to right fielder Church and a single by Cody Ross followed. Maybin was struck out and pinch-hitter Wes Helms singled to drive home Uggla. Bonifacio hit a single against Mets’ reliever Brian Stokes to plate Ross with the Marlins’ second run of the game. New York’s Pedro Feliciano then retired pinch-hitter Ronny Paulino on a grounder to second baseman Castillo to end the inning.

Schneider singled against Fish reliever Hayden Penn to lead off the top of the eighth. On his own hit, Brian advanced to second base via an error by first baseman Jorge Cantu. Castillo reached on Bonifacio’s error of a sacrifice bunt as Schneider moved to third. Pinch-hitter Alex Cora grounded out to Uggla to drive home Schneider. Reyes went down on strikes and Murphy drew a walk. Wright hit a single to score Castillo and send Murphy to third. Delgado singled to bring home Murphy and increase the Mets’ lead to 8-2. Penn struck out Beltran to end the inning. Mets’ reliever Darren O'Day then gave up only a single to Cantu in the bottom half.

Penn yielded only a single to Castillo (the Mets’ fifteenth hit) in the top of the ninth. Ross reached on third baseman Wright’s error to begin the bottom of the inning. Maybin singled to advance Ross to third base. Pinch-hitter Ross Gload followed with a sacrifice fly that drove home Ross. Bonifacio hit a single and O’Day was replaced on the mound by New York’s Francisco Rodriguez, who struck out Paulino. Ramirez singled to score Maybin with the Marlins’ fourth run. Rodriguez then retired Cantu on a fly ball to Church for the game’s final out. The Mets had a solid victory.