April 17, 2008: Mets Win on Wild Pitch in 14th
|Date: April 17, 2008|
|Mets starter: Nelson Figueroa|
|Winning pitcher: Jorge Sosa|
|Key player(s): Ryan Church, Carlos Delgado|
|Key play: Hanrahan's wild pitch|
The Mets completed a three-game series with the Nationals on a Thursday night at Shea Stadium. It was a 4-hour and 45-minute extra inning game. The Mets came out with a 3-2 win on a wild pitch in the 14th.
Mets' starter Nelson Figueroa pitched hitless ball for the first three innings. He issued a one-out walk to Ronnie Belliard in the first and retired the next eight Washington batters. Meanwhile, the Mets got a first inning run when Jose Reyes scored on a double by Ryan Church.
In the top of the fourth, Ryan Zimmerman got an infield single off Figueroa with one out. Nick Johnson followed with a home run to give the Nationals a 2-1 lead. Washington starter John Lannan then held the Mets scoreless from the bottom of the fourth to the end of the sixth.
The Mets put runners on second and third base against Nats' reliever Saul Rivera in the seventh inning. Raul Casanova lined to third baseman Zimmerman for the second out. Rivera then got Luis Castillo to ground out to Zimmerman and end the inning.
Aaron Heilman retired the Nationals in order in the top of the eighth inning. In the bottom half, Rivera retired the first two Met batters before Church reached first base on an error by Belliard. After David Wright drew a walk from reliever Luis Ayala, Church scored the tying run on Carlos Delgado's single off Washington's Jon Rauch.
Mets' reliever Billy Wagner pitched a perfect top of the ninth inning. In the tenth, Duaner Sanchez shut down the Nationals with no hits. The Mets failed to score in the bottom of the tenth, despite two walks by Washington's Jesus Colome.
The Nats had two runners on base with two out in the top of the eleventh inning. Joe Smith came in to relieve Pedro Feliciano for the Mets. Smith got Lastings Milledge on a force play grounder to end the inning. Colome then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.
In the bottom of the twelfth inning, Joel Hanrahan got Wright on a double play grounder to stop a Mets scoring chance. Neither team scored in the 13th. Mets' reliever Jorge Sosa then pitched his second straight scoreless inning in the top half of the 14th.
Damion Easley singled to lead off the bottom of the 14th inning. With one out, Easley moved to second base on a wild pitch and advanced to third when Hanrahan made an errant pickoff throw. After a strikeout of Church and two intentional walks, Brian Schneider came to bat with the bases loaded. Hanrahan then threw his second wild pitch, allowing Easley to score and end the game. The Mets had a victory and a sweep of the Nationals in the series.