August 28, 2012: Mets Defeat Phillies in 10 Innings

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Date: August 28, 2012
Mets starter: Chris Young
Mets: 9
Phillies: 5
Winning pitcher: Bobby Parnell
Key player(s): Mike Baxter, David Wright, Ike Davis, Kelly Shoppach
Key play: Baxter’s homer, Davis’s double, Shoppach’s double and home run

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Tuesday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets scored four runs in the tenth inning for a 9-5 win over the Phils.

Ruben Tejada singled against Philadelphia starter Vance Worley to lead off the top of the first. Daniel Murphy followed with a single and David Wright singled to drive home Tejada. Ike Davis flied out to left fielder Domonic Brown. Lucas Duda was retired on a line drive to shortstop Jimmie Rollins, who then threw to second baseman Chase Utley for an out on Murphy and an inning-ending double play.

Rollins drew a walk to begin the bottom of the first inning. Kevin Frandsen was hit by a pitch and Utley drew a walk to load the bases. Ryan Howard clouted a grand slam for a 4-1 Phillies lead. Mets’ starter Chris Young then struck out John Mayberry and got Brown and Laynce Nix on consecutive fly balls to center fielder Andres Torres to close out the inning.

Following scoreless second and third innings, Duda singled to open the top of the fourth. Kelly Shoppach went down on strikes and Mike Baxter homered to reduce the Phils’ lead to one run. Worley retired Torres on a fly ball to center fielder Mayberry and threw a called third strike past Young to end the inning. Nix hit a single to begin the bottom half. Young then recorded outs on each of the next three Philadelphia batters to bring the inning to an end.

Tejada hit a ground rule double to open the top of the fifth inning. Ruben went to third base on Murphy’s infield single and scored the tying run on a sacrifice fly by Wright. Phillies’ reliever Raul Valdes got Davis to pop out to Rollins and fanned Duda for the inning’s final out. With one out in the bottom half, Utley hit a home run to put the Phils ahead, 5-4. Young was replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever Robert Carson, who struck out Howard and hit Mayberry with a pitch. Carson then got Brown on a force play ground ball to shortstop Tejada that finished off the inning.

Valdes set down the side in order in the top of the sixth. Carson and Mets’ reliever Ramon Ramirez combined to pitch a scoreless bottom half. Philadelphia’s Josh Lindblom shut down the Mets in the top of the seventh. To begin the bottom of the inning, Ramirez walked Rollins and struck out Frandsen. Josh Edgin then came in to pitch for New York and got Utley to hit a double play ground ball to Tejada for the inning’s final outs.

Lindblom issued a walk to Wright to open the top of the eighth. Phillies’ reliever Antonio Bastardo retired Davis on a fly ball to right fielder Nix and struck out Duda. Shoppach hit a double to score Wright and tie the game. Bastardo got Baxter on an inning-ending fly ball to Brown. Edgin and Mets’ reliever Jon Rauch then teamed up for a scoreless bottom half.

Philadelphia reliever Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect top of the ninth. For the Mets, Bobby Parnell set down all three batters on infield ground balls in the bottom of the inning. With one out in the top of the 10th, Wright hit a single against the Phils’ B. J. Rosenberg. An ensuing double by Davis brought home Wright for a 6-5 Mets lead. Duda singled to score Davis and advanced to second base on a throw. Shoppach followed with a homer to extend the New York lead to four runs. Baxter was hit by a pitch and moved to second on Parnell’s sacrifice bunt. Rosenberg then retired Scott Hairston on a fly ball to Mayberry for the third out of the inning.

Utley singled to lead off the bottom of the 10th. Parnell followed up with strikeouts of Howard and Mayberry. Bobby then got Juan Pierre to ground out to third baseman Wright and end the game. The Mets had an extra-inning victory.