April 8, 2008: Shea Stadium's Final Home Opener
|Date: April 8, 2008|
|Mets starter: Oliver Perez|
|Winning pitcher: Jamie Moyer|
|Key player(s): Carlos Delgado, Ryan Howard|
|Key play: Phillies' three-run seventh|
A crowd of 56,350 attended the last home opener at Shea Stadium where the Mets faced the Phillies, who won the last eight games against them in 2007 and won the National League East after the Mets historic late season collapse. The celebration was cut short when the Phillies rallied from a 2-0 deficit off of the Mets bullpen to win 5-2.
Oliver Perez got the start for the Mets and held the Phillies scoreless through the sixth, allowing just three hits and three walks. Joe Smith came in relief in the sixth and got out of a bases loaded jam. Carlos Delgado's leadoff home run in the second off of Jamie Moyer put the Mets up 1-0. In the fourth, the Mets loaded the bases on Carlos Beltran's walk and singles by Delgado and Angel Pagan with one out before Ryan Church's groundout gave them a 2-0 lead.
Scott Schoeneweis came in relief in the top of the seventh and after So Taguchi grounded out, Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino hit back-to-back singles. Shoeneweis then hit Chase Utley, who was also hit twice by Perez earlier in the game, with a pitch to load the bases. Ryan Howard then grounded to first baseman Delgado, who attempted a double play, but the ball hits Utley and goes into center field, allowing Rollins and Victorino to score, tying the game. After Pat Burrell flies out, Jayson Werth's RBI single put the Phillies up 3-2.
Aaron Heilman pitched the top of the eighth and allowed a leadoff walk to Carlos Ruiz, who moved to second on Taguchi's sacrifice bunt before scoring on Rollins's single. Rollins moved to second on a wild pitch to Victorino, who walked on Heilmann's fifth pitch, before scoring on Utley's double. The Mets stranded two in the bottom of the inning and both teams were retired in order in the ninth, giving the Phillies their ninth straight win over the Mets.