April 27, 2010: Mets Hammer Dodgers for DH Sweep

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Date: April 27, 2010
Mets starter: Oliver Perez
Mets: 10
Dodgers: 5
Winning pitcher: Hisanori Takahashi
Key player(s): David Wright, Ike Davis, Jose Reyes
Key play: Reyes’ single, Davis’s two-run double, Wright’s three-run triple

The Mets faced the Dodgers in a Tuesday doubleheader at Citi Field. After winning the opener of the twinbill, the Mets looked for a sweep in the nightcap. Seven New York runs in the fifth and sixth innings led to a 10-5 Mets win over Los Angeles.

Mets’ starter Oliver Perez pitched a scoreless top of the first. To begin the bottom half, Angel Pagan drew a walk and advanced to second base on Luis Castillo’s sacrifice bunt. Jose Reyes singled to drive home Pagan and came around to score on an ensuing triple by Jason Bay. David Wright drew a walk and Ike Davis hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Bay for a 3-0 Mets lead. Dodgers’ starter Charlie Haeger then retired Jeff Francoeur on a pop-up to shortstop Jamey Carroll that ended the inning.

Perez and Haeger each hurled perfect second and third innings. Andre Ethier drew a walk to lead off the top of the fourth. Matt Kemp singled and a wild pitch put Los Angeles runners on second and third base. Ronnie Belliard followed with a ground ball on which shortstop Reyes threw to third baseman Wright for an out on Kemp as Ethier scored. Blake DeWitt flied out to left fielder Bay and a walk to Carroll ensued. A. J. Ellis hit a single to drive home Belliard and a walk to Haeger loaded the bases. Mets’ reliever Hisanori Takahashi issued a walk to Reed Johnson that forced home Carroll with the tying run. Takahashi threw a called third strike past James Loney (who argued the call and was ejected from the game) to end the inning. Haeger then shut down the Mets despite allowing three hits in the bottom half.

Takahashi set down the Dodgers in order in the top of the fifth. Pagan and Castillo drew back-to-back walks to open the bottom of the inning. For Los Angeles, Ramon Troncoso came in to pitch and got Reyes to hit a force play ground ball to second baseman DeWitt. Bay lined out to third baseman Casey Blake and a single by Wright brought home Pagan. Davis doubled to plate Reyes and Wright for a 6-3 Mets lead. Troncoso then retired Francoeur on a fly ball to right fielder Ethier to close out the inning.

Takahashi pitched a perfect top of the sixth. Leading off the bottom of the inning, Henry Blanco singled against Dodgers’ reliever Jon Link. Takahashi was struck out and Pagan hit a single to advance Blanco to third base. Pagan stole second and Castillo drew a walk to load the bases. With George Sherrill of the mound for Los Angeles, Reyes reached on an error by Carroll that allowed Blanco to score. Bay went down on strikes for the inning’s second out. Wright followed with a triple to drive home Pagan, Castillo and Reyes, increasing the Mets’ lead to 10-3. Sherrill then walked Davis and retired Francoeur on a line drive to center fielder Kemp to end the inning.

Johnson doubled with one out in the top of the seventh. Blake went down on strikes and Ethier hit a single to score Johnson. Takahashi got Kemp on an inning-ending fly ball to Bay and Dodgers’ reliever Carlos Monasterios pitched a perfect bottom half. For the Mets, reliever Jenrry Mejia shut down the Dodgers after a lead off walk to Belliard in the top of the eighth. Monasterios then hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning.

Xavier Paul hit a double against Mets’ reliever Raul Valdes to open the top of the ninth. Paul moved to third base on Johnson’s single and scored the Dodgers’ fifth run on a sacrifice fly by Blake. Pinch-hitter Russell Martin hit a force play grounder to Reyes and went to second on a wild pitch. Valdes then retired Kemp on a ground ball to Wright for the final out of the game. The Mets had a doubleheader sweep.