April 9, 2008: Six Runs in 3rd Bury Phils

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Date: April 9, 2008
Mets starter: Mike Pelfrey
Mets: 8
Phillies: 2
Winning pitcher: Mike Pelfrey
Key player(s): Mike Pelfrey, Damion Easley, Angel Pagan
Key play: Phillies’ errors, Easley’s single, Pagan’s double

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played in front of 47,127 fans on hand. The Mets scored six runs in the third inning and cruised to an 8-2 win over Philadelphia.

Mets’ starter Mike Pelfrey pitched a perfect top of the first. Jose Reyes drew a walk against the Phils’ Kyle Kendrick to open the bottom half. Reyes moved to second base on Angel Pagan’s ground out back to Kendrick. David Wright reached on an error by second baseman Chase Utley that allowed Reyes to come home. Carlos Beltran flied out to center fielder Shane Victorino and consecutive walks to Carlos Delgado and Ryan Church loaded the bases. Kendrick then retired Damion Easley on a ground ball to shortstop Eric Bruntlett for the inning’s third out.

Pat Burrell and Geoff Jenkins got back-to-back singles with one out in the top of the second. Pedro Feliz reached on an error by shortstop Reyes to load the bases. Carlos Ruiz singled to score Burrell and tie the game at 1-1. Kendrick hit a grounder on which first baseman Delgado threw to catcher Brian Schneider for an out at home on Jenkins. Pelfrey retired Victorino on an inning-ending ground ball to third baseman Wright. The Mets then failed to score after loading the bases in the bottom half.

Pelfrey limited the Phillies to a single by Ryan Howard in the top of the third. To begin the bottom of the inning, Delgado doubled and advanced to third base on a single by Church. Easley singled to drive home Delgado and give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Schneider lined out to first baseman Howard an error by catcher Ruiz allowed Pelfrey to reach and load the bases. Reyes got on base via Bruntlett’s error to score Church. Pagan followed with a double that plated Easley and Pelfrey. Against Philadelphia reliever Chad Durbin, Wright reached on Bruntlett’s second error to bring home Reyes and send Pagan to third. Angel scored on a wild pitch for the Mets’ sixth run of the inning and a 7-1 lead. Beltran drew a walk and Delgado lined out to right fielder Jenkins. Durbin then threw a called third strike past Church to end the inning.

After a scoreless fourth, Bruntlett drew a two-out walk in the top of the fifth. Utley hit a double to drive home Bruntlett with the Phils’ second run of the game. Pelfrey retired Howard on a grounder to Delgado for the third out and Durbin set down the side in order in the bottom of the inning. Mets’ reliever Jorge Sosa retired all three Phillies batters on infield ground balls in the top of the sixth. Durbin then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Sosa set down the Phils 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. Easley drew a walk against Philadelphia’s Clay Condrey to open the bottom of the inning. Damion went to second base on Schneider’s single and to third after pinch-hitter Marlon Anderson’s fly out to Victorino. Reyes was retired on a grounder to Utley, after which Easley scored the Mets’ eighth run before Schneider was tagged by Howard to complete an inning-ending double play.

Bruntlett singled against Mets’ reliever Pedro Feliciano to lead off the top of the eighth. Utley flied out to left fielder Pagan and a strikeout of Howard ensued. Burrell hit a single and pinch-hitter Jayson Werth drew a walk that loaded the bases. Feliciano retired Feliz on a pop-up to second baseman Easley to close out the inning. For the Phils, reliever Rudy Seanez hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Carlos Muniz struck out Ruiz to start the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Chris Coste doubled and moved to third base on Victorino’s ground out to Easley. Muniz then got Bruntlett to pop out to Schneider and bring the game to an end. The Mets had their first home victory of the season.