July 16, 2011: Mets Rout Phils with 15 Hits
|Date: July 16, 2011|
|Mets starter: Jon Niese|
|Winning pitcher: Jon Niese|
|Key player(s): Scott Hairston, Daniel Murphy|
|Key play: Hairston’s double in 3rd, Murphy’s homer in 5th, Hairston’s homer in 7th|
The Mets played the Phillies on a Saturday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams faced each other in a nationally televised game. The Mets pounded out 15 hits in an 11-2 win over Philadelphia.
Mets’ starter Jon Niese pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. In the bottom half, Scott Hairston hit a two-out double and scored on an ensuing single by Daniel Murphy. Phils’ starter Cole Hamels struck out Jason Bay to end the inning. Niese and Hamels each retired the side in order in the second. Jon then shut down the Phillies in the top of the third.
Niese drew a walk to open the bottom of the third inning. Angel Pagan struck out and Justin Turner singled to right field. Hairston followed with a double that brought home Niese and Turner to extend the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Murphy grounded out to first baseman Ryan Howard before a walk to Bay. Hamels then retired Ronny Paulino on a fly ball to right fielder Ben Francisco for the third out.
In the top of the fourth, Niese allowed only a single to Raul Ibanez in pitching a scoreless inning. Hamels walked Nick Evans and gave up a single to Ruben Tejada to begin the bottom half. Niese’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third. Pagan hit a fly ball to left fielder Ibanez on which Evans scored. Hamels walked Turner and struck out Hairston to end the inning. Niese then shut down the Phils despite a two-out single by Jimmie Rollins in the top of the fifth.
Murphy homered to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning. Bay singled and Paulino flied out to center fielder John Mayberry. Jason stole second base and came home on a triple by Evans. Tejada singled off Phillies’ reliever David Herndon to score Evans and stretch the Mets’ lead to 7-0. Herndon completed the inning with no further scoring and Niese set down the Phils 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth. The Mets were then shut down by Herndon in the bottom of the inning.
The Phils loaded the bases on three singles in the top of the seventh. Shortstop Tejada made an error on pinch-hitter Michael Martinez’s grounder that drove home Ibanez. Rollins hit into a double play on which Carlos Ruiz scored the second Philadelphia run. Niese then retired Mayberry on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Pagan.
Phils’ reliever Danys Baez set down the first two Mets batters in the bottom of the seventh inning. Pinch-hitter Lucas Duda doubled and Pagan drew a walk. Turner hit a single to right field to bring home Duda for the Mets’ eighth run of the game. Hairston followed with a three-run homer. Murphy hit a single and Bay hit a ground ball to shortstop Martinez for a force play that ended the inning. Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell and Philadelphia’s Drew Carpenter then hurled a scoreless eighth.
In the top of the ninth, reliever Manny Acosta fanned Brian Schneider to start the inning. Pinch-hitter Pete Orr singled and Martinez hit into a force play. Acosta then got pinch-hitter Ross Gload on a pop-up to first baseman Evans to end the game. The Mets had an easy victory over the first-place Phillies.