August 5, 2009: Figueroa Leads Mets in Shutout Win

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Date: August 5, 2009
Mets starter: Jon Niese
Mets: 9
Cardinals: 0
Winning pitcher: Nelson Figueroa
Key player(s): Nelson Figueroa, David Wright, Angel Pagan
Key play: Wright’s home run, Figueroa’s triple, Pagan’s home run

The Mets and Cardinals played each other on a Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams completed a two-game series in front of 39,781 fans. Nelson Figueroa provided solid pitching and hitting as the Mets defeated St. Louis, 9-0.

Mets’ starter Jon Niese shut down the Cardinals in the top of the first inning. Angel Pagan led off the bottom half with a single and Alex Cora hit into a force play. David Wright followed with a home run to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. Cards’ starter Kyle Lohse retired the next two batters to end the inning. In relief of Niese, Figueroa got Lohse on a fly ball to right fielder Jeff Francoeur to complete a scoreless top of the second.

Francoeur singled and Brian Schneider doubled to open the bottom of the second inning. Angel Berroa hit a grounder to third on which Francoeur was tagged out in a rundown. Figueroa smoked a triple to center field, scoring Schneider and Berroa to increase the Mets’ lead to four runs. Nelson came home when Pagan’s fly ball was mishandled by St. Louis center fielder Rick Ankiel. Lohse finished the inning with no further scoring and the Redbirds were stopped by Figueroa in the top of the third. The Mets loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom half, but Cards’ reliever Dennys Reyes threw out Pagan on a comeback grounder to close out the inning.

Neither team scored a run in the fourth and fifth innings. In the top of the sixth, Figueroa recorded two strikeouts in shutting down St. Louis again. Facing the Cards’ Brad Thompson, pinch-hitter Jeremy Reed began the bottom half with a double and came home on Pagan’s triple. Angel scored on Cora’s ensuing single for the Mets’ seventh run of the game. Bobby Parnell pitched a perfect top of the seventh inning and Thompson shut down the Mets in the bottom half. Parnell retired the Redbirds 1-2-3 again in the top of the eighth.

Parnell singled to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning. Pagan followed with a home run off St. Louis reliever Trever Miller for a nine-run Mets lead. After striking out Cora, Miller yielded a single to Wright and got Cory Sullivan on a fly ball to right fielder Ryan Ludwick. Miller then fanned Daniel Murphy for the third out.

In the ninth, Parnell retired the first two batters and gave up a single to Joseph Thurston. Bobby then got Colby Rasmus to fly out to center fielder Pagan and end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory with outstanding pitching and timely hitting. The win also stopped a three-game losing streak for the team.