April 18, 2008: Santana and Wright Lead Mets Past Phils
|Date: April 18, 2008|
|Mets starter: Johan Santana|
|Winning pitcher: Johan Santana|
|Key player(s): Johan Santana, David Wright, Angel Pagan, Brian Schneider|
|Key play: Wright’s double and triple, Pagan’s double, Schneider’s RBI single|
The Mets faced the Phillies on a Friday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Johan Santana recorded ten strikeouts and David Wright collected four hits in a 6-4 Mets win.
Ryan Church drew a one-out walk against Phils’ starter Cole Hamels in the top of the first inning. Church advanced to second base on catcher Carlos Ruiz’s passed ball and came home on a double by Wright. Carlos Beltran lined out to shortstop Eric Bruntlett, who followed up with a throw to second baseman Chase Utley for an out on Wright and an inning-ending double play. Santana fanned two batters in a perfect bottom half and Hamels yielded only a single to Brian Schneider in the top of the second. Johan then struck out Ruiz to end a scoreless bottom of the inning.
Jose Reyes drew a walk with one out in the top of the third. Church was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Jayson Werth. Reyes stole second base and scored on Wright’s triple for a 2-0 Mets lead. Beltran flied out to left fielder Pat Burrell to finish off the inning and Santana fanned both Hamels and So Taguchi in a perfect bottom half. Hamels gave up just a single to Schneider in the top of the fourth. Johan then chalked up Ks of both Werth and Ryan Howard in shutting down the Phillies in the bottom of the inning.
Hamels set down the side in order in the top of the fifth. Santana pitched a perfect bottom half and Wright singled to open the top of the sixth. Beltran hit a force play grounder to Bruntlett and a pop-up by Carlos Delgado was caught by Utley. Angel Pagan singled and Hamels retired Schneider on an inning-ending fly ball to Burrell. Santana then struck out Hamels to start a perfect bottom half.
Hamels set down the side 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. Utley hit a home run to lead off the bottom of the inning. Howard grounded out to first baseman Delgado and a strikeout of Burrell (Santana’s tenth) followed. Pedro Feliz grounded out to second baseman Luis Castillo to end the inning and Church got a single against Hamels to open the top of the eighth. Wright doubled for his fourth hit of the game and Beltran was walked intentionally to load the bases. Against Philadelphia reliever J. C. Romero, Delgado grounded out to first baseman Howard to drive home Church. Pagan hit a double to score Wright and a single by Schneider plated Beltran, increasing the Mets’ lead to 5-1. Romero then got Castillo to ground out to third baseman Feliz and fanned Santana for the inning’s third out.
Ruiz singled to open the bottom of the eighth. Bruntlett hit a single and Santana was replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever Aaron Heilman. Pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs greeted Heilman with a three-run homer that cut the New York lead to 5-4. Heilman got pinch-hitter Geoff Jenkins to fly out to center fielder Beltran and retired Werth on a ground ball to Castillo. New York’s Pedro Feliciano then struck out Utley to end the inning.
Church singled against Phillies’ reliever Brad Lidge with one out in the top of the ninth. Wright drew a walk and Beltran reached on an error by Howard to load the bases. Delgado hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Church with the Mets’ sixth run. Lidge retired Pagan on a fly ball to Burrell to close out the inning and Howard grounded out to Mets’ reliever Billy Wagner to begin the bottom half. Burrell was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Church. Wagner then got Feliz to ground out to third baseman Wright and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory to start the weekend series.