August 9, 2008: Mets Outslug Marlins

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Date: August 9, 2008
Mets starter: Brian Stokes
Mets: 8
Marlins: 6
Winning pitcher: Scott Schoeneweis
Key player(s): Carlos Delgado, Robinson Cancel, Daniel Murphy, Carlos Beltran
Key play: Mets’ home runs, Cancel’s RBI groundout

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Saturday night at Shea Stadium. The teams combined for five home runs in the game. The end result was an 8-6 Mets win over Florida.

Mets’ starter Brian Stokes pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. Nick Evans got a one-out single against the Marlins’ Scott Olsen in the bottom half. David Wright followed with a double to advance Evans to third base. Carlos Beltran doubled to drive home Evans and Wright. Carlos Delgado followed with a two-run homer for a 4-0 Mets lead. Olsen then got Fernando Tatis to ground out to shortstop Hanley Ramirez and retired Damion Easley on a fly ball to center fielder Alfredo Amezaga for the third out.

Stokes gave up just a double to Mike Jacobs in the top of the second. Brian singled for his first major league hit with one out in the bottom half. Jose Reyes flied out to left fielder Josh Willingham and a single by Evans ensued. Wright hit a force play grounder to third baseman Jorge Cantu for the inning’s final out and Ramirez got a one-out double in the top of the third. Luis Gonzalez fouled out to third baseman Wright and a home run by Cantu cut the Mets’ lead to 4-2. Stokes retired Willingham on an inning-ending ground ball to shortstop Reyes. Olsen then yielded just a single to Beltran in the bottom half.

Stokes and Olsen each hurled scoreless fourth and fifth innings. Gonzalez hit a leadoff single against Stokes in the top of the sixth. Cantu went down on strikes and Willingham was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Tatis. Jacobs slugged a two-run homer to tie the game at 4-4. Dan Uggla followed with a single to center field. Mets’ reliever Scott Schoeneweis then got John Baker to ground out to first baseman Delgado and finish off the inning.

Tatis hit a single against Olsen to begin the bottom of the sixth. Easley singled off Fish reliever Justin Miller to advance Tatis to third base. Robinson Cancel grounded out to Ramirez to drive home Tatis and put the Mets back in front by a run. Against Florida’s Renyel Pinto, pinch-hitter Daniel Murphy connected for his first major league home run to extend the New York lead to 7-4. Pinto then retired both Reyes and Evans on infield grounders to close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever Duaner Sanchez hurled a scoreless top of the seventh. Wright singled against the Marlins’ Matt Lindstrom to open the bottom half. With Beltran at bat, Wright was caught stealing second base on catcher Baker’s throw to Ramirez. Beltran followed with the game’s fifth home run for an 8-4 Mets lead. Delgado was retired on a grounder back to Lindstrom, who then struck out Tatis to end the inning.

Willingham got a one-out single against Mets’ reliever Joe Smith in the top of the eighth. Jacobs doubled to score Willingham and advanced to third base on a single by Uggla. Pinch-hitter Wes Helms singled off New York’s Pedro Feliciano to bring home Jacobs with the sixth Florida run. Feliciano got Amezaga to hit a grounder to Reyes for a double play that closed out the inning. Fish reliever Joe Nelson then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Aaron Heilman retired Matt Treanor on a line drive to center fielder Beltran to start the top of the ninth. Ramirez drew a walk and Gonzalez flied out to right fielder Endy Chavez. Heilman then got Cantu to hit a force play ground ball to Reyes for the final out of the game. The Mets had emerged with a victory.