April 13, 2007: Mets Defeat Nationals in Singles Duel
|Date: April 13, 2007|
|Mets starter: Mike Pelfrey|
|Winning pitcher: Aaron Heilman|
|Key player(s): Jose Reyes, Carlos Delgado, Julio Franco|
|Key play: Delgado’s and Franco’s singles|
The Mets faced the Nationals on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams combined for twelve hits in the game, all of which were singles. The Mets emerged with a 3-2 win over Washington.
Mets’ starter Mike Pelfrey retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. Jose Reyes singled against the Nats’ John Patterson to lead off the bottom half. Reyes advanced to second base on Paul Lo Duca’s ground out to third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and to third on a wild pitch. Carlos Beltran grounded out to first baseman Dmitri Young to drive home Reyes for a 1-0 Mets lead. Patterson then got Carlos Delgado to fly out to left fielder Chris Snelling for the third out.
Young drew a walk to open the top of the second. Austin Kearns hit a single and Ryan Church walked to load the bases. Brian Schneider followed with a double play ground ball to second baseman Jose Valentin on which Young came home. Snelling singled to score Kearns for a 2-1 Washington lead. Pelfrey got Patterson to hit a force play grounder to shortstop Reyes that ended the inning and David Wright singled to lead off the bottom half. Moises Alou grounded to second baseman Ronnie Belliard for a double play. Patterson then retired Shawn Green on a fly ball to Snelling to close out the inning.
After a scoreless third, Pelfrey surrendered only a walk to Young in the top of the fourth. Patterson hurled a perfect bottom half and Schneider singled to begin the top of the fifth. Snelling hit a single to advance Schneider to third base and Patterson was struck out. Felipe Lopez drew a walk to load the bases and Belliard hit a ground ball to Reyes for an inning-ending double play. With two outs in the bottom half, Green walked and stole second. Patterson then issued a walk to Valentin and struck out Pelfrey to end the inning.
Kearns got a two-out single against Pelfrey in the top of the sixth. Church singled to send Kearns to third base and Schneider walked against Mets’ reliever Pedro Feliciano to load the bases. Snelling grounded back to Feliciano for the inning’s final out and Reyes walked against Patterson to lead off the bottom half. Jose stole second and Lo Duca flied out to Snelling. Nationals’ reliever Micah Bowie fanned Beltran and a single by Delgado brought home Reyes for a 2-2 tie. Trying to advance on his own hit, Delgado was out via a throw by Snelling to Belliard to finish off the inning.
Belliard singled against Feliciano with two outs in the top of the seventh. Mets’ reliever Aaron Heilman retired Zimmerman on a fly ball to right fielder Green to end the inning and Wright singled against Washington’s Ryan Wagner to open the bottom half. Alou was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Church. Wright stole second and Green flied out to right fielder Kearns. Valentin drew a walk and pinch-hitter Julio Franco hit the game’s twelfth single, bringing home Wright to put the Mets ahead by a run. Ryan Wagner then fanned Reyes for the third out of the inning.
Mets’ reliever Scott Schoeneweis set down the side on three straight infield ground balls in the top of the eighth. The Nationals’ Jesus Colome retired all three batters on outfield flies in the bottom half. New York’s Billy Wagner got Schneider to ground out to first baseman Delgado to begin the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Josh Wilson flied out to center fielder Beltran. Billy Wagner then retired pinch-hitter Jesus Flores on a grounder to third baseman Wright to end the game. The Mets had a victory to start the weekend series.