August 16, 2009: Murphy's Single Beats Giants

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Date: August 16, 2009
Mets starter: Mike Pelfrey
Mets: 3
Giants: 2
Winning pitcher: Francisco Rodriguez
Key player(s): Mike Pelfrey, Luis Castillo, Daniel Murphy
Key play: Castillo’s home run, Murphy’s single

The Mets faced the Giants on a Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played in front of 38,793 fans on hand. Daniel Murphy hit a run-scoring single in the ninth inning to give the Mets a 3-2 win over San Francisco.

Mike Pelfrey and the Giants’ Jonathan Sanchez each pitched four scoreless innings to start the game. Eli Whiteside singled with one out in the top of the fifth. An ensuing sacrifice bunt by Jonathan Sanchez advanced Whiteside to second base. Eugenio Velez hit a single to drive home Whiteside with the first run of the game. Pelfrey then retired Randy Winn on a ground ball back to the mound to close out the inning.

Angel Pagan hit a two-out double in the bottom of the fifth. Luis Castillo followed with a home run to put the Mets ahead, 2-1. Gary Sheffield popped out to first baseman Travis Ishikawa to end the inning and Pelfrey set down the side in order in the top of the sixth. Jonathan Sanchez hurled a perfect bottom half and Pelfrey retired all three San Francisco batters on infield grounders in the top of the seventh. Jonathan Sanchez then shut down the Mets in the bottom of the inning.

Velez doubled against Pelfrey with one out in the top of the eighth. Winn hit a double that scored Velez and tied the game. Mets’ reliever Brian Stokes struck out Freddy Sanchez and issued an intentional walk to Pablo Sandoval. For New York, reliever Pedro Feliciano retired pinch-hitter Ryan Garko on an inning-ending line drive to second baseman Castillo. Giants’ reliever Sergio Romo then set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Francisco Rodriguez struck out the side in order in the top of the ninth. Jeff Francoeur got an infield single to open the bottom of the inning. Fernando Tatis’s sacrifice bunt moved Francoeur to second base and Romo was replaced on the mound by San Francisco’s Jeremy Affeldt. Murphy greeted Affeldt with a single that plated Francoeur with the winning run. The Mets had an exciting victory.