April 19, 2007: Sixteen Hits Fillet Fish

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Date: April 19, 2007
Mets starter: Orlando Hernandez
Mets: 11
Marlins: 3
Winning pitcher: Orlando Hernandez
Key player(s): Carlos Delgado, Shawn Green, Ramon Castro, Carlos Beltran
Key play: Delgado’s and Green’s two-run doubles, Castro’s home run

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Thursday night in Miami. The teams played the second of two games at Dolphin Stadium. The Mets pounded out sixteen hits in an 11-3 win over Florida.

Carlos Beltran doubled against Fish starter Rick Vanden Hurk with one out in the top of the first inning. Moises Alou hit a single to drive home Beltran with the first run of the game. Vanden Hurk struck out both Carlos Delgado and David Wright to end the inning and Hanley Ramirez singled against the Mets’ Orlando Hernandez to open the bottom half. Ramirez stole second base and Dan Uggla got a bunt single. On the play, third baseman Wright made an error that allowed Ramirez to score and Uggla to go to second. A sacrifice bunt by Miguel Cabrera advanced Uggla to third. Mike Jacobs grounded out to second baseman Jose Valentin to drive home Uggla for a 2-1 Florida lead. Josh Willingham drew a walk and stole second. Hernandez then got Joe Borchard to pop out to shortstop Jose Reyes and finish off the inning.

Vanden Hurk pitched a perfect top of the second. Hernandez retired the side in order in the bottom half and Reyes hit a one-out triple in the top of the third. Beltran went down on strikes and Alou drew a walk. Delgado doubled to drive home Reyes and Alou for a 3-2 Mets lead and Wright drew a walk. Shawn Green hit a double to plate both Delgado and Wright. Ramon Castro followed with a two-run homer to extend the New York lead to 7-2. Vanden Hurk fanned Valentin for the inning’s third out. Hernandez then struck out the side in order in the bottom half.

With two outs in the top of the fourth, Beltran homered for the Mets’ eighth run of the game. Vanden Hurk retired Alou on a grounder to shortstop Ramirez that ended the inning and Hernandez surrendered just a walk to Jacobs in the bottom half. Wright singled against Marlins’ reliever Renyel Pinto with one out in the top of the fifth. Green and Castro hit consecutive force play ground balls to close out the inning and Hernandez set down all three Florida batters in the bottom half. Valentin got a leadoff single in the top of the sixth. Hernandez went down on strikes and Reyes drew a walk. Beltran hit a force play grounder to third baseman Aaron Boone. Pinto struck out Alou to finish off the inning. Hernandez then yielded only a double to Boone in the bottom half.

Green hit a two-out double against Florida reliever Lee Gardner in the top of the seventh. Castro singled to score Green and increase the Mets’ lead to 9-2. Valentin drew a walk and Hernandez singled to load the bases. Gardner retired Reyes on a pop-up to second baseman Uggla to end the inning and Hernandez hurled a perfect bottom half. Beltran and Alou got back-to-back singles against the Marlins’ Taylor Tankersley to begin the top of the eighth. Delgado hit a line drive to first baseman Jacobs for a double play and Wright drew a walk. Green grounded back to Tankersley for the third out of the inning. Mets’ reliever Ambiorix Burgos then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

With one out in the top of the ninth, Valentin homered against Fish reliever Henry Owens for a 10-2 Mets lead. Endy Chavez grounded out to Jacobs and a walk to Reyes ensued. Beltran doubled for the Mets’ sixteenth hit to score Reyes with the eleventh New York run. Owens fanned Damion Easley to close out the inning. To begin the bottom half against New York’s Billy Wagner, pinch-hitter Jason Wood reached on third baseman Easley’s error. Willingham drew a walk and Borchard was struck out. Miguel Olivo hit a single to bring home Wood with the Marlins’ third run. Wagner then fanned both Alfredo Amezaga and Eric Reed for the game’s final outs. The Mets had an easy victory to close out the two-game series.