August 13, 2008: Maine and Stokes Blank Nationals

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Date: August 13, 2008
Mets starter: John Maine
Mets: 12
Nationals: 0
Winning pitcher: John Maine
Key player(s): John Maine, Brian Stokes, Daniel Murphy, Fernando Tatis
Key play: Murphy's and Tatis's RBI singles and homers

The Mets faced the Nationals on a Wednesday night in Washington. The teams played the second of three games in a series. John Maine and Brian Stokes combined on a four-hit shutout in a 12-0 Mets win.

Jose Reyes singled against Nats' starter Jason Bergmann to lead off the top of the first inning. Jose advanced to third base on Argenis Reyes' single and came home on David Wright's sacrifice fly. Carlos Delgado drew a walk and Carlos Beltran flied out to right fielder Austin Kearns. Daniel Murphy grounded back to Bergmann for the third out. Maine then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Leading off the top of the second, Fernando Tatis hit a home run for a 2-0 Mets lead. Brian Schneider grounded out to second baseman Emilio Bonifacio and a foul pop-up by Maine was caught by first baseman Ronnie Belliard. Jose Reyes hit a double and Argenis Reyes grounded out to shortstop Cristian Guzman to end the inning. Lastings Milledge got a one-out single in the bottom half. Maine then got Jesus Flores to ground out to catcher Schneider and retired Belliard on a fly ball to right fielder Tatis to finish off the inning.

Wright singled to open the top of the third. Delgado drew a walk and Beltran's ground out to Belliard moved the runners to second and third base. Murphy and Tatis got back-to-back singles that drove home Wright and Delgado, respectively. Schneider drew a walk to load the bases and Maine walked to force home Murphy. Jose Reyes reached on Guzman's error to score Tatis. Schneider also came home on the play to extend the Mets' lead to 7-0. Argenis Reyes went down on strikes and Wright drew a walk to reload the bases. Delgado walked to force home Maine and a double by Beltran plated both Jose Reyes and Wright for a 10-0 New York lead. Bergmann retired Murphy on an inning-ending line drive to left fielder Willie Harris. Maine then surrendered just a walk to Bonifacio in the bottom half.

Washington reliever Jesus Colome hurled a scoreless top of the fourth. Maine gave up only a walk to Milledge in the bottom of the inning and Beltran drew a walk with two outs in the top of the fifth. Murphy followed with a homer for the Mets' eleventh and twelfth runs of the game. Colome retired Tatis on a line drive to center fielder Milledge to close out the inning and Harris drew a one-out walk in the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Ryan Langerhans went down on strikes and Bonifacio walked. Maine then got Guzman to hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Jose Reyes for the inning's final out.

Nationals' reliever Luis Ayala set down the side on three straight infield grounders in the top of the sixth. Ryan Zimmerman singled against Stokes to lead off the bottom half. Kearns grounded to third baseman Wright for a double play and Milledge flied out to left fielder Murphy to end the inning. Ayala surrendered just a walk to Wright in the top of the seventh and Harris singled with two outs in the bottom half. Stokes then retired pinch-hitter Pete Orr on a fly ball to Murphy to close out the inning.

Murphy singled against Nats' reliever Charlie Manning with one out in the top of the eighth. Tatis flied out to Harris and a walk to Schneider followed. Stokes hit a single that loaded the bases and Manning retired Jose Reyes on a line drive to Guzman to end the inning. Stokes gave up only a single to Bonifacio (the Nationals' fourth hit) in the bottom half and Washington's Steven Shell pitched a scoreless top of the ninth. Kearns went down on strikes to open the bottom of the inning. Milledge was retired on a pop-up to Wright. Stokes then got Flores to ground out to second baseman Argenis Reyes and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a decisive shutout victory.


  • The save for Stokes was the only one of his major league career