April 18, 2009: Three-Man Shutout

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Date: April 18, 2009
Mets starter: Johan Santana
Mets: 1
Brewers: 0
Winning pitcher: Johan Santana
Key player(s): Johan Santana, Jose Reyes
Key play: Jose Reyes RBI line drive

The Mets and Brewers faced each other on a Saturday afternoon at Citi Field. A crowd of 36,312 came out to see the first day game ever at the Mets' new ballpark. Johan Santana and two relievers teamed up for a six-hit shutout as the Mets defeated Milwaukee, 1-0.

Santana limited the Brewers to five hits in seven shutout innings. Johan also recorded seven strikeouts and issued no walks. However, Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo matched Santana with six innings of shutout ball himself in keeping the Mets scoreless.

Ramon Castro walked to lead off the bottom of the seventh against Brewers' reliever Carlos Villanueva. On Alex Cora's sacrifice bunt, second baseman Rickie Weeks dropped the throw to first, sending pinch-runner Omir Santos to third. Jose Reyes followed with a line drive that knocked Villanueva's glove off his hand. Shortstop J. J. Hardy threw to Weeks for a force on Cora at second, but Santos scored from third to put the Mets in front. After a single by Luis Castillo, Villanueva got David Wright to hit into an inning-ending double play.

Reliever J.J. Putz pitched a perfect eighth inning and Francisco Rodriguez took the mound for the Mets in the ninth. Ryan Braun led off the inning with a single to right field before Rodriguez struck out Prince Fielder. As Hardy was being called out on strikes, Braun was caught stealing by catcher Santos to complete a game-ending double play. The Mets had a shutout victory comprised of three pitchers.