April 9, 2007: Mets Trounce Phils in Home Opener
|Date: April 9, 2007|
|Mets starter: John Maine|
|Winning pitcher: Pedro Feliciano|
|Key player(s): Carlos Delgado, Moises Alou, David Wright|
|Key play: Mets’ seven runs in 8th|
The Mets faced the Phillies on a Monday afternoon at Shea Stadium. A crowd of 56,227 was on hand for the team’s first home game of the season. The Mets scored seven runs in the eighth inning to come from behind and defeat Philadelphia, 11-5.
John Maine and Phils’ starter Cole Hamels each pitched one-hit scoreless ball in the first and second innings. Hamels singled to open the top of the third. Jimmy Rollins drew a walk and Shane Victorino reached on a fielder’s choice bunt to load the bases. A sacrifice fly by Chase Utley scored Hamels with the first run of the game. Maine struck out Ryan Howard and retired Pat Burrell on an inning-ending pop-up to catcher Paul Lo Duca. Hamels shut down the Mets in the bottom half and the Phillies loaded the bases with none out in the top of the fourth. Hamels hit a grounder on which first baseman Carlos Delgado threw to Lo Duca for a force out at home on Carlos Ruiz. Rollins then grounded to second baseman Jose Valentin for a double play that ended the inning.
Carlos Beltran led off the bottom of the fourth with an infield single. Delgado singled to advance Beltran to third base and David Wright went down on strikes. Hamels threw a called third strike past Moises Alou and issued a walk to Shawn Green to load the bases. Valentin hit a single to left field to drive home Beltran and Delgado for a 2-1 Mets lead. Hamels then fanned Maine for the third out of the inning.
Utley homered with one out in the top of the fifth to tie the game. Howard drew a walk and moved to second base on a single by Burrell. Ruiz flied out to center fielder Beltran and a walk to Aaron Rowand loaded the bases. Mets’ reliever Ambiorix Burgos got Abraham Nunez to ground out to Delgado and end the inning. Leading off the bottom half, Jose Reyes reached second on first baseman Howard’s error. Lo Duca’s ground out to second baseman Utley sent Reyes to third and Beltran drew a walk. Delgado hit a sacrifice fly to score Reyes and put the Mets back in front. Beltran was then caught on a pickoff by Hamels and thrown out at second by Howard to shortstop Rollins.
Burgos hit Rollins with a pitch with one out in the top of the sixth inning. Victorino singled to advance Rollins to third base and stole second. Utley went down on strikes and Howard hit a three-run homer to give the Phillies a 5-3 lead. Burgos retired Burrell on a called third strike for the final out of the inning. Hamels pitched a scoreless bottom half. Mets’ reliever Joe Smith then retired all three Philadelphia batters in the top of the seventh.
Lo Duca got a two-out single off the Phils’ Matt Smith in the bottom of the seventh inning. Beltran drew a walk and Delgado hit a single to plate Lo Duca with the Mets’ fourth run. Geoff Geary came in to pitch for Philadelphia and got Wright to hit an inning-ending line drive to right fielder Victorino. For New York, reliever Pedro Feliciano retired the side in order in the top of the eighth.
Alou opened the bottom of the eighth inning with a single to right field. Green followed with a single to left and Valentin bunted into a force play on which Alou was out at third. Pinch-hitter Julio Franco walked to load the bases and Reyes reached on an error by Rollins that brought home pinch-runner Endy Chavez with the tying run. Valentin scored on a wild pitch to put the Mets ahead and Lo Duca walked to reload the bases. Geary was then replaced on the mound by Phillies’ reliever Jon Lieber.
Beltran hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Franco and extend the Mets’ lead to 7-5. Delgado drew a walk and Wright hit a double that scored Reyes and Lo Duca. Alou singled for his second hit of the inning to drive home Delgado and Wright for the Mets’ tenth and eleventh runs of the game. Lieber then retired Chavez on an inning-ending grounder to Rollins.
Mets’ reliever Billy Wagner got Utley on a ground ball to Valentin to start the top of the ninth. Howard was retired on a called third strike for the second out of the inning. Wagner then struck out Burrell to end the game. The Mets had a home-opening victory.