April 27, 2008: Casanova and Delgado Slug Braves

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Date: April 27, 2008
Mets starter: Nelson Figueroa
Mets: 6
Braves: 3
Winning pitcher: Nelson Figueroa
Key player(s): Carlos Delgado, Raul Casanova
Key play: Smoltz’s wild pitch, Casanova’s two-run homer, Delgado’s two home runs

The Mets and Braves played on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. After splitting two games, the teams concluded their series in front of 53,487 fans. Raul Casanova and Carlos Delgado combined for four runs batted in with three homers as the Mets defeated Atlanta, 6-3.

Mets; starter Nelson Figueroa pitched a perfect top of the first inning. In the bottom half, Jose Reyes led off with a double and went to third base on Luis Castillo’s ground out. Braves’ starter John Smoltz struck out David Wright before throwing a wild pitch that allowed Reyes to score. Smoltz then fanned Carlos Beltran for the third out of the inning.

Figueroa got Mark Kotsay to hit into a double play to end a scoreless top of the second. Smoltz walked Delgado with one out in the bottom of the inning. Casanova followed with a two-run homer to increase the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Endy Chavez flied out to center fielder Kotsay and the Mets loaded the bases on two singles and a walk. Wright then grounded back to Smoltz to end the inning.

The Braves failed to score despite two walks in the top of the third. Delgado homered for the Mets’ fourth run in the bottom half of the inning. After a scoreless fourth, Figueroa shut down Atlanta without a hit in the top of the fifth. The Mets then loaded the bases, but did not get a run against Braves’ reliever Buddy Carlyle in the bottom half.

In the top of the sixth inning, Jeff Francoeur led off with a single. An ensuing double by Mark Teixeira scored Francoeur with the first Atlanta run. Following an out, Kotsay singled to right field to bring home Teixeira. Martin Prado hit a single to advance Kotsay to third base and Figueroa was removed from the game. With Joe Smith on in relief, Kotsay scored on Brent Lillibridge’s force play grounder to make the score 4-3. Smith then retired pinch-hitter Brayan Pena on a fly ball to left fielder Chavez for the third out.

Luis Castillo hit a one-out double off the Braves’ Will Ohman in the bottom of the sixth inning. After moving to third on Ohman’s wild pitch, Castillo scored on a single by Wright. Ohman retired Carlos Beltran on a fly ball to left fielder Gregor Blanco and caught Wright with a pickoff throw to end the inning. Mets’ reliever Scott Schoeneweis then pitched a scoreless top of the seventh.

Delgado hit his second solo homer of the game with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning. Casanova followed with a single and Ohman got Chavez for an inning-ending double play. Reliever Pedro Feliciano set down Atlanta 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth inning. The Braves’ Chris Resop then pitched a perfect bottom half.

In the top of the ninth, Billy Wagner yielded a one-out single to pinch-hitter Matt Diaz. He followed up by retiring Kelly Johnson on a fly ball to Chavez. Wagner then struck out Blanco to end the game. The Mets had their second win of the three-game series.

Notes

  • Casanova's home run was the last one of his nine-season major league career.