August 21, 2009: Mets Down Phils with Ten Strikeouts

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Date: August 21, 2009
Mets starter: Mike Pelfrey
Mets: 4
Phillies: 2
Winning pitcher: Mike Pelfrey
Key player(s): Jeff Francoeur, Angel Pagan
Key play: Pagan’s single, Francoeur’s home run

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Friday night at Citi Field. The teams began a four-game series in front of 38,243 fans on hand. Mike Pelfrey and a trio of Mets relievers recorded a total of ten strikeouts in a 4-2 win over Philadelphia.

Pelfrey retired Jimmie Rollins on a ground ball to first baseman Daniel Murphy to begin the top of the first inning. Shane Victorino went down on strikes and Chase Utley singled to right field. Utley stole second base and scored on a single by Ryan Howard for a 1-0 Phils lead. Pelfrey fanned Jayson Werth for the inning’s final out and Phillies’ starter Cole Hamels pitched a scoreless bottom half. Pelfrey then struck out Raul Ibanez to open a perfect top of the second.

Fernando Tatis hit a triple to lead off the bottom of the second inning. Murphy grounded out to second baseman Utley to drive home Tatis and tie the game. Omir Santos got an infield single and Anderson Hernandez flied out to center fielder Victorino. Pelfrey was hit by a pitch and Angel Pagan followed with a single that scored Santos for a 2-1 Mets lead. Luis Castillo got an infield single and Gary Sheffield was stuck out to end the inning. Pelfrey then recorded a strikeout of Hamels to begin a scoreless top of the third.

Leading off the bottom of the third inning, Jeff Francoeur homered for the Mets’ third run of the game. Tatis was hit by a pitch and advanced to third base on a double by Murphy. Santos hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Tatis and increase the Mets’ lead to 4-1. Hernandez and Pelfrey both went down on strikes to close out the inning and the Phils were limited to a single by Greg Dobbs in the top of the fourth. Hamels then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Pelfrey threw a called third strike past Hamels to start the top of the fifth inning. Rollins lined out to shortstop Hernandez and a walk to Victorino ensued. Utley was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Sheffield for the third out and Francoeur singled to open the bottom half. Tatis was struck out and (with Murphy at bat) Francoeur was caught on a steal attempt via a throw by catcher Carlos Ruiz to shortstop Rollins. Hamels then fanned Murphy for the final out of the inning.

Howard singled to lead off the top of the sixth. Werth was hit by a pitch and Ibanez flied out to Sheffield. A single by Pedro Feliz scored Howard for the Phillies’ second run and Ruiz reached on a fielder’s choice grounder to load the bases. Pelfrey got pinch-hitter Ben Francisco and Rollins on consecutive infield pop-up for the inning’s last two outs. Philadelphia reliever Chan Ho Park then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

For the Mets, relievers Pedro Feliciano and Brian Stokes combined to strike out the side in a scoreless top of the seventh. Park limited the Mets to a single by Francoeur in the bottom of the inning, during which Sheffield was ejected by umpire Rob Drake for arguing a called third strike. Ibanez hit a single to begin the top of the eighth. Stokes retired Feliz on a fly ball to left fielder Cory Sullivan and got Ruiz to hit a grounder to third baseman Tatis for an inning-ending double play. To open the bottom half, Murphy singled against Phils’ reliever Ryan Madson. Daniel moved to second base on Santos’s sacrifice bunt and stole third as Anderson was struck out. Madson then retired pinch-hitter Andy Green on a grounder to Utley that ended the inning.

Mets’ reliever Francisco Rodriguez got pinch-hitter Matt Stairs to ground out to Murphy to open the top of the ninth. Rollins followed with a double and went to third base on Victorino’s infield single. Rodriguez then fanned Utley and Howard for the Mets’ ninth and tenth strikeouts to bring the game to an end. The Mets had begun the extended weekend series with a victory.


  • The Phillies’ pitchers also compiled ten strikeouts in the game.
  • This was Green’s last game of his four-season major league career.