April 2, 2008: Seventeen Hits Fillet the Fish

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Date: April 2, 2008
Mets starter: Oliver Perez
Mets: 13
Marlins: 0
Winning pitcher: Oliver Perez
Key player(s): Oliver Perez, Carlos Delgado, David Wright, Ryan Church
Key play: Delgado’s RBI single, Church’s and Wright’s home runs

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Wednesday night in Miami. The teams played the finale of a season-opening three-game series. The Mets collected a total of seventeen hits in a 13-0 win over Florida.

Marlins’ starter Andrew Miller gave up just a single to Luis Castillo in the top of the first inning. The Mets’ Oliver Perez pitched a scoreless bottom half and Carlos Beltran doubled to lead off the top of the second. Carlos Delgado hit a single to drive home Beltran with the first run of the game. Angel Pagan went down on strikes and Ryan Church homered to increase the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Brian Schneider drew a walk and Perez was struck out. Jose Reyes walked and Andrew Miller fanned Castillo to finish off the inning. Perez then set down the Fish in order in the bottom half.

David Wright singled to open the top of the third. On Beltran’s ensuing double to center field, Wright was out at home via a relay throw from shortstop Hanley Ramirez to catcher Paul Hoover. Delgado went down on strikes and Pagan hit a double that scored Beltran. Church grounded out to first baseman Mike Jacobs to end the inning and Perez struck out the side in a scoreless bottom half. Andrew Miller retired the Mets in order in the top of the fourth. Perez then yielded only a single to Josh Willingham in the bottom of the inning.

Wright hit a one-out double against Andrew Miller in the top of the fifth. David advanced to third base on a wild pitch by Florida reliever Matt Lindstrom. Beltran followed with his third double of the game to bring home Wright for a 5-0 Mets lead. Lindstrom got Delgado to ground out to second baseman Dan Uggla and retired Pagan on an inning-ending pop-up to third baseman Jorge Cantu. Perez then shut down the Marlins in the bottom half.

Church singled against Florida reliever Lee Gardner to lead off the top of the sixth inning. Schneider drew a walk and Perez’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third base. Reyes hit a double to drive home Church and Schneider. Castillo followed with a single to center field. Wright slugged a three-run homer that extended the Mets’ lead to 10-0. Gardner got Beltran on a ground ball to Jacobs and retired Delgado on a pop-up to Ramirez that closed out the inning. Perez then set down all three Florida batters in the bottom half.

Pagan hit a single against Fish reliever Taylor Tankersley to begin the top of the seventh. Church grounded out to Uggla and a single by Schneider brought home Pagan. Tankersley got pinch-hitter Brady Clark to hit a grounder to Cantu for an inning-ending double play. Mets’ reliever Nelson Figueroa pitched a perfect bottom half and Florida’s Justin Miller retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. For New York, reliever Pedro Feliciano gave up only a leadoff single to Hoover in the bottom of the inning.

Delgado singled against Marlins’ reliever Kevin Gregg with one out in the top of the ninth. Pagan drew a walk and a wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third base. Church got an infield single for the Mets’ seventeenth hit to drive home Delgado. Schneider followed with a sacrifice fly that plated Pagan with the thirteenth New York run of the game. Gregg then retired pinch-hitter Marlon Anderson on a fly ball to left fielder Willingham for the inning’s final out.

Mets’ reliever Billy Wagner got Uggla on a line drive to center fielder Endy Chavez to open the bottom of the ninth inning. Jacobs went down on strikes. Wagner then retired Willingham on a grounder to third baseman Wright to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a decisive victory to conclude the season’s opening series.