April 16, 2006: Nady and Delgado Slug Brewers
|Date: April 16, 2006|
|Mets starter: Brian Bannister|
|Winning pitcher: Brian Bannister|
|Key player(s): Xavier Nady, Carlos Delgado, Victor Diaz|
|Key play: Nady’s home run, Delgado’s home run, Diaz’s double|
The Mets faced the Brewers on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Xavier Nady and Carlos Delgado drove in three runs apiece to lead the Mets to a 9-3 win over Milwaukee.
Following a scoreless first inning, the Brewers loaded the bases with none out in the top of the second. Mets’ starter Brian Bannister responded with consecutive strikeouts of Ben Sheets and Gabe Gross before retiring J. J. Hardy on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Endy Chavez. A single by David Wright opened the bottom half. Cliff Floyd flied out to right fielder Geoff Jenkins and a two-run homer by Nady ensued. Milwaukee starter Sheets then got Chavez to fly out to center fielder Gross and retired Anderson Hernandez on a ground ball to second baseman Bill Hall for the inning’s final out.
The Brewers failed to score after loading the bases again in the top of the third. Sheets pitched a scoreless bottom half and grounded out to shortstop Jose Reyes to lead off the top of the fourth. Gross hit a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Hardy grounded out to Reyes to drive home Gross with the first Milwaukee run of the game. Jenkins doubled and Bannister got Carlos Lee on a line drive to right fielder Nady to end the inning. To open the bottom half, Wright hit a double and went to third on Floyd’s ground out to first baseman Prince Fielder. Nady followed with a sacrifice fly to score Wright for a 3-1 Mets lead. Sheets then struck out Chavez to close out the inning.
Bannister shut down the Brewers in the top of the fifth. With two outs in the bottom half, Reyes got an infield single and stole second base. Paul Lo Duca singled to drive home Reyes and stole second. A wild pitch moved Lo Duca to third and Sheets fanned Delgado for the third out. Pinch-hitter Corey Hart hit a single against Mets’ reliever Darren Oliver to begin the top of the sixth. Gross flied out to left fielder Floyd. With Hardy at bat, Hart stole second and went to third on an error by first baseman Delgado. Oliver struck out Hardy and a home run by Jenkins reduced the Mets’ lead to 4-3. Chad Bradford came in to pitch for New York and got Lee on an inning-ending ground ball to Reyes. Brewers’ reliever Jose Capellan then hurled a perfect bottom half.
Mets’ reliever Aaron Heilman pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. Capellan set down the Mets in order in the bottom of the inning and pinch-hitter Jeff Cirillo got an infield single to lead off the top of the eighth. Gross drew a walk and Hardy put down a bunt on which Heilman threw to third baseman Wright for a force out on Cirillo. Heilman then struck out Jenkins and got Lee on a force play grounder to Reyes that ended the inning.
Reyes and Lo Duca drew consecutive walks against Milwaukee reliever Jorge de la Rosa to open the bottom of the eighth. Delgado followed with a three-run homer to increase the Mets’ lead to 7-3. Wright grounded out to third baseman Corey Koskie and a walk to pinch-hitter Julio Franco ensued. Against the Brewers’ Jared Fernandez, Nady singled and Chavez drew a walk to load the bases. Hernandez followed with a ground ball on which Fernandez threw to catcher Damian Miller for an out at home on Franco. Victor Diaz hit a double that plated Nady and Chavez with the Mets’ eighth and ninth runs. Fernandez then got Reyes to fly out to Jenkins and finish off the inning.
Mets’ reliever Jorge Julio retired Koskie on a fly ball to Chavez to begin the top of the ninth. Hall doubled and Fielder went down on strikes. A wild pitch advanced Hall to third base. Julio then got Miller to fly out to Chavez and end the game. The Mets had their ninth victory in their eleventh game of the season.
- Diaz’s two-run double was his 89th and final hit as a Met.