April 20, 2010: Pelfrey Leads Three-Hit Shutout of Cubs
|Date: April 20, 2010|
|Mets starter: Mike Pelfrey|
|Winning pitcher: Mike Pelfrey|
|Key player(s): Mike Pelfrey, Jose Reyes, Fernando Tatis|
|Key play: Reyes’ triple, Tatis’s home run|
The Mets faced the Cubs on a Tuesday night. The teams played the second of four games in a series at Citi Field. Mike Pelfrey and three relief pitchers teamed up for a three-hit shutout in a 4-0 Mets win over Chicago.
Pelfrey and Cubs’ starter Carlos Zambrano each hurled a scoreless first inning. In the second, Mike shut down Chicago again and Angel Pagan singled with one out in the bottom half. Henry Blanco went down on strikes and Pelfrey drew a walk. Jose Reyes hit a triple to center field that scored Pagan and Pelfrey for a 2-0 Mets lead. Zambrano then retired Luis Castillo on an inning-ending ground ball to shortstop Mike Fontenot.
From the third inning to the sixth, Pelfrey and Zambrano allowed two hits apiece in pitching scoreless ball. The Mets got singles from Blanco and Castillo in the fourth and fifth, respectively, while the Cubs’ hits against Pelfrey were consecutive fifth-inning singles by Fontenot and Koyie Hill. Pelfrey held the Cubs to a double by Alfonso Soriano in a scoreless top of the seventh. Chicago reliever Jeff Gray shut down the Mets in the bottom half. Hill reached on an error by reliever Ryota Igarashi to lead off the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Chad Tracy grounded out to second baseman Castillo and a fly ball by Kosuke Fukudome was caught by left fielder Jason Bay. Mets’ reliever Fernando Nieve (who replaced an injured Igarashi) then threw a called third strike past Jeff Baker to end the inning.
Chicago’s John Grabow issued a walk to Ike Davis to begin the bottom of the eighth. Pagan’s sacrifice bunt moved Davis to second base and Blanco flied out to center fielder Marlon Byrd. Pinch-hitter Fernando Tatis homered to extend the Mets’ lead to four runs. Reyes followed with an infield single and stole second base. Grabow then got Castillo on a line drive to first baseman Derrek Lee to close out the inning.
Lee drew a walk against Mets’ reliever Francisco Rodriguez to open the top of the ninth. Aramis Ramirez went down on strikes and Byrd popped out to first baseman Davis. Lee advanced to second base on defensive indifference and a walk to Soriano followed. Rodriguez then struck out Fontenot to end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory with a three-hitter comprised of four pitchers.