April 28, 2010: Mets Beat Dodgers for Series Sweep

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Date: April 28, 2010
Mets starter: John Maine
Mets: 7
Dodgers: 3
Winning pitcher: John Maine
Key player(s): John Maine, Angel Pagan, Jeff Francoeur
Key play: Pagan’s triple, Francoeur’s single

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets completed a series sweep with a 7-3 win over Los Angeles.

Mets’ starter John Maine pitched a perfect top of the first inning. The Dodgers’ John Ely (in his major league debut) hurled a scoreless bottom half and Maine gave up only a single to Casey Blake in the top of the second. David Wright doubled to lead off the bottom of the inning. Wright advanced to third base on Ike Davis’s single and came home on Jeff Francoeur’s force play ground ball to Ely. Rod Barajas was hit by a pitch and Maine’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third. Angel Pagan followed with a triple that brought home Francoeur and Barajas. Alex Cora hit a double to score Pagan for a 4-0 Mets lead. Ely then retired Jose Reyes on a grounder to first baseman James Loney to end the inning.

Jamey Carroll singled to open the top of the third. Carroll moved to second base on Ely’s sacrifice bunt and to third on Russell Martin’s ground out to first baseman Davis. Matt Kemp reached on an error by shortstop Reyes that allowed Carroll to score and stole second. Maine fanned Andre Ethier for the inning’s third out and Jason Bay drew a walk to begin the bottom half. Wright flied out to right fielder Ethier and a wild pitch sent Bay to second. Davis was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Kemp and a double by Francoeur plated Bay for a 5-1 Mets lead. Barajas was given an intentional walk and Ely threw a called third strike past Maine to close out the inning.

After a scoreless fourth, Carroll walked to lead off the top of the fifth. Ely popped out on a bunt to catcher Barajas and a two-run homer by Martin reduced the Mets’ lead to 5-3. Kemp hit a double and Ethier went down on strikes. A wild pitch advanced Kemp to third base and Maine retired Loney on an inning-ending ground ball to Reyes. Ely then gave up only a single to Wright in the bottom half.

Maine set down the side in order in the top of the sixth. Ely pitched a perfect bottom of the inning and Carroll drew a leadoff walk against Maine in the top of the seventh. Mets’ reliever Fernando Nieve retired pinch-hitter Reed Johnson on a fly ball to center fielder Pagan and got Martin to hit a double play grounder to Reyes that ended the inning. Reyes got a one-out single against Los Angeles reliever Ronald Belisario in the bottom half. Bay doubled to score Reyes and extend the Mets’ lead to 6-2. Wright grounded out to third baseman Blake and a single by Davis brought home Bay with the seventh New York run of the game. Belisario then struck out Francoeur to finish off the inning.

Nieve and Mets’ reliever Pedro Feliciano combined for a perfect top of the eighth. Belisario gave up just a double to pinch-hitter Frank Catalanotto in the bottom half and New York’s Francisco Rodriguez threw a called third strike past Blake to begin the top of the ninth. Ronnie Balliard drew a walk and Xavier Paul doubled. Rodriguez then fanned both Carroll and pinch-hitter Garret Anderson for the game’s final outs. The Mets had a victory and a sweep of the series.

Notes

  • Catalanotto's double was the 1,113th and final hit of his 14-season major league career.