April 19, 2008: Wright and Reyes Beat Phillies

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Date: April 19, 2008
Mets starter: Oliver Perez
Mets: 4
Phillies: 2
Winning pitcher: Oliver Perez
Key player(s): Oliver Perez, David Wright, Jose Reyes
Key play: Wright’s double, Reyes’ home run

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia. The teams played the second of three games in a series at Citizens Bank Park. David Wright and Jose Reyes drove in two runs each in a 4-2 Mets win over the Phils.

Reyes doubled against Phillies’ starter Jamie Moyer to lead off the top of the first inning. Jose stayed at second base on Ryan Church’s single and stole third. Wright followed with a double to drive home Reyes and Church for a 2-0 Mets lead. Carlos Beltran was retired on a pop-up to second baseman Chase Utley. Moyer retired Carlos Delgado and Angel Pagan on consecutive infield ground balls to close out the inning. The Mets’ Oliver Perez then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Perez and Moyer each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fifth. Moyer retired all three batters in the top of the sixth and Pedro Feliz drew a one-out walk against Perez in the bottom half. Chris Coste hit a force play grounder to shortstop Reyes and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Eric Bruntlett walked and Mets’ reliever Duaner Sanchez retired pinch-hitter Jimmy Rollins on a ground ball to first baseman Delgado for the inning’s third out. Luis Castillo drew a one-out walk against Philadelphia’s Ryan Madson in the top of the seventh. Pinch-hitter Endy Chavez grounded out to first baseman Ryan Howard and a home run by Reyes increased the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Church was retired on an inning-ending grounder to Utley, who hit a solo homer against New York’s Scott Schoeneweis with two outs in the bottom half. Schoeneweis then struck out Howard to finish off the inning.

Madson set down the side in order in the top of the eighth. Burrell drew a walk against Mets’ reliever Joe Smith to lead off the bottom half. Feliz grounded out to third baseman Wright and pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs singled against New York’s Pedro Feliciano. Bruntlett walked to load the bases and pinch-hitter Carlos Ruiz singled against the Mets’ Aaron Heilman to bring home Burrell with the Phils’ second run of the game. Heilman then struck out both pinch-hitter Geoff Jenkins and Jayson Werth to end the inning.

Phillies’ reliever Chad Durbin hurled a scoreless top of the ninth. The Mets’ Billy Wagner got Utley on a fly ball to center fielder Beltran to open the bottom half. Howard was retired on a pop-up to second baseman Castillo. Wagner then fanned Burrell for the game’s final out. The Mets had a solid victory.