April 5, 2011: Young Leads Mets to Win Over Phillies

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Date: April 5, 2011
Mets starter: Chris Young
Mets: 7
Phillies: 1
Winning pitcher: Chris Young
Key player(s): Chris Young, David Wright
Key play: Wright’s two-run single, Young’s RBI single

The Mets and Phillies played on a Tuesday night in Philadelphia. The teams began a three-game series in 49-degree weather at Citizens Bank Park. A six-run third inning propelled the Mets to a 7-1 win.

Jose Reyes led off the top of the first inning with a single off Phils’ starter Cole Hamels. Angel Pagan was hit by a pitch and a double steal put runners at second and third with none out. Hamels struck out David Wright and retired Carlos Beltran on a pop-up to second baseman Wilson Valdez. Scott Hairston fanned to end the inning. Mets’ starter Chris Young then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Hamels and Young each pitched a perfect second inning. Young led off the top of the third with a single to left field. Reyes got an infield single and Hamels walked Pagan to load the bases. Wright singled to left field to drive home Young and Reyes for a 2-0 Mets lead. Beltran struck out and Wright stole second base with Hairston at the plate. A passed ball by Phils’ catcher Carlos Ruiz scored Pagan and moved Wright to third. After Hamels walked Hairston, singles by Ike Davis and Brad Emaus plated Wright and Hairston, respectively. Mike Nickeas then flied out to center fielder Shane Victorino.

Young hit his second single to score Davis for the Mets’ sixth run of the inning. Hamels was replaced on the mound by reliever Kyle Kendrick. Reyes hit a pop-up to shortstop Jimmy Rollins for the third out. Young then retired the Phillies in order in the bottom half.

In the top of the fourth inning, the Mets failed to score against Kendrick. Young shut down Philadelphia in the bottom half despite a leadoff walk to Placido Polanco and a single by Raul Ibanez. Young got his third single in a scoreless top of the fifth. The Phils got a run on Polanco’s two-out double that scored Valdez in the bottom of the inning. Young then finished off the fifth by retiring Ryan Howard on a bases-loaded grounder to second baseman Emaus.

Wright got a one-out double off Phils’ reliever David Herndon in the top of the sixth inning. Beltran struck out and Hairston singled to bring home Wright for the Mets’ seventh run. Herndon issued a walk to Davis and retired Emaus on a force play grounder to Rollins. The Phillies put two runners on base with one out against Young in the bottom half. Mets’ reliever D. J. Carrasco then got Valdez to hit a ground ball to shortstop Reyes for an inning-ending double play.

In the top of the seventh, Philadelphia’s J. C. Romero held to Mets to a single by Chin-lung Hu in pitching a scoreless inning. Carrasco shut down the Phils after a leadoff single by Pete Orr in the bottom half. Phillies’ reliever Danys Baez and the Mets’ Tim Byrdak each retired the side in order in the eighth inning. The Mets were then set down 1-2-3 by the Phils’ Antonio Bastardo in the top of the ninth.

Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell got Ruiz on a pop-up to second baseman Hu to open the bottom of the ninth inning. Valdez grounded out to Reyes and pinch-hitter Ross Gload singled to center field. Parnell then retired Victorino on a fly ball to center fielder Pagan to end the game. The Mets had their third win in a row.


  • Young’s singles in the third made him the first Mets pitcher ever to get two hits in one inning
  • Hu’s single was his first hit as a Met