April 27, 2010: Santana Leads Shutout of Dodgers
|Date: April 27, 2010|
|Mets starter: Johan Santana|
|Winning pitcher: Johan Santana|
|Key player(s): Johan Santana, Jason Bay, Luis Castillo|
|Key play: Bay’s home run, Castillo’s single|
The Mets faced the Dodgers in a doubleheader on a Tuesday evening. Johan Santana took the mound for the Mets in the opener of the twinbill at Citi Field. Santana and a pair of relievers teamed up for a five-hit shutout in a 4-0 Mets win over Los Angeles.
Following a scoreless first inning, the Dodgers failed to score despite loading the bases on three walks in the top of the second. David Wright drew a walk with one out in the bottom half. Ike Davis hit a double and an intentional walk to Gary Matthews Jr. loaded the bases. Dodgers’ starter Hiroki Kuroda threw a wild pitch that allowed Wright to score and followed up with a strikeout of Rod Barajas. Kuroda then retired Santana on a fly ball to left fielder Reed Johnson to close out the inning.
Santana yielded only a triple to Johnson in the top of the third. Kuroda pitched a perfect bottom half and Santana gave up back-to-back singles to Russell Martin and Jamey Carroll with two outs in the top of the fourth. Johan got Kuroda on a ground ball back to the mound for the inning’s final out. To begin the bottom half, Jason Bay homered for a 2-0 Mets lead. Kuroda retired the next three hitters and Santana limited Los Angeles to a leadoff single by Rafael Furcal in a scoreless top of the fifth. Johan singled with one out in the bottom of the inning. Kuroda then struck out Angel Pagan and retired Luis Castillo on a fly ball to center fielder Matt Kemp for the third out.
Santana set down the side in order in the top of the sixth inning. Kuroda hurled a scoreless bottom half and Mets’ reliever Fernando Nieve shut down the Dodgers in the top of the seventh. Barajas singled against Los Angeles reliever Jon Link to open the bottom half. Jeff Francoeur drew a walk and Pagan got a bunt single to load the bases. Castillo hit a single against the Dodgers’ Ramon Troncoso to drive home Barajas and Francoeur with the Mets’ third and fourth runs of the game. Jose Reyes grounded out to first baseman James Loney and an intentional walk to Bay loaded the bases once again. Troncoso got Wright on a called third strike. Reliever George Sherrill then retired Davis on a fly ball to Johnson to finish off the inning.
Nieve held the Dodgers to a double by Andre Ethier in the top of the eighth. Los Angeles reliever Ramon Ortiz set down the side in order in the bottom half. For the Mets, reliever Pedro Feliciano got Loney to line out to second baseman Castillo to begin the top of the ninth inning. Martin drew a walk and Carroll went down on strikes. Feliciano then struck out pinch-hitter Ronnie Belliard to end the game. The Mets had begun the doubleheader with a shutout victory.