April 15, 2008: Wright and Pelfrey Lead Shutout of Nats

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Date: April 15, 2008
Mets starter: Mike Pelfrey
Mets: 6
Nationals: 0
Winning pitcher: Mike Pelfrey
Key player(s): David Wright, Jose Reyes, Mike Pelfrey
Key play: Wright’s home run and doubles

The Mets faced the Nationals on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. David Wright drove in five runs and Mike Pelfrey compiled seven scoreless innings pitched to lead the Mets to a 6-0 win over Washington.

Pelfrey yielded only a double to Lastings Milledge in the top of the first. Jose Reyes singled against Nats’ starter Odalis Perez to open the bottom half. With Ryan Church at bat, Reyes was caught by Perez’s pickoff throw and tagged out by shortstop Cristian Guzman. Church hit a single and Wright followed with a home run for a 2-0 Mets lead. Carlos Beltran went down on strikes and Carlos Delgado drew a walk. Perez then got Angel Pagan on a force play ground ball to third baseman Ryan Zimmerman for the third out.

Pelfrey and Perez each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the sixth. Mike set down the side in order in the top of the seventh and Reyes singled against Washington reliever Ray King to lead off the bottom half. On his own hit, Reyes advanced to second base via an error by Guzman. Jose moved to third on Church’s ground out to first baseman Nick Johnson. Wright doubled off the Nationals’ Luis Ayala to drive home Reyes. Beltran hit a single to score Wright and increase the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Delgado popped out to Guzman and a walk to Pagan ensued. Ayala then retired Brian Schneider on a grounder to Zimmerman that ended the inning.

Mets’ reliever Aaron Heilman hurled a scoreless top of the eighth. Luis Castillo drew a walk against Washington’s Joel Hanrahan to begin the bottom half. Castillo stole second base and advanced to third on pinch-hitter Marlon Anderson’s ground out to Johnson. Reyes was struck out and Church drew a walk. Wright hit a double to bring home Castillo and Church with the Mets’ fifth and sixth runs of the game. Hanrahan then struck out Beltran to finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever Duaner Sanchez retired Johnny Estrada on a line drive to second baseman Castillo to start the top of the ninth. Wily Mo Pena hit a single and Ronnie Belliard went down on strikes. Sanchez then got pinch-hitter Rob Mackowiak to ground out to first baseman Delgado and end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory to begin the series.