July 17, 2007: Hernandez Leads Shutout of Padres

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Date: July 17, 2007
Mets starter: Orlando Hernandez
Mets: 7
Padres: 0
Winning pitcher: Orlando Hernandez
Key player(s): Orlando Hernandez, Paul Lo Duca, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado
Key play: Lo Duca’s single, Beltran’s RBI double, Delgado’s two-run single

The Mets faced the Padres on a Tuesday night in San Diego. The teams played the second of three games in a series at PETCO Park. Orlando Hernandez and two relief pitchers teamed up for a three-hit shutout in a 7-0 Mets win.

Padres’ starter Jake Peavy yielded only a double to Carlos Beltran in the top of the first inning. Hernandez gave up just a double to Adrian Gonzalez in the bottom half and Shawn Green singled with one out in the top of the second. Paul Lo Duca hit a force play ground ball to second baseman Marcus Giles and a strikeout of Lastings Milledge ended the inning. Hernandez hurled a perfect bottom half and Peavy set down the Mets in order in the top of the third. Orlando then retired all three San Diego batters in the bottom of the inning.

Beltran drew a walk to lead off the top of the fourth. David Wright went down on strikes and Carlos Delgado drew a walk. Green flied out to left fielder Milton Bradley and a single by Lo Duca brought home Beltran with the first run of the game. Peavy fanned Milledge for the inning’s third out and Gonzalez hit a one-out double in the bottom half. Bradley was given an intentional walk and Khalil Greene popped out to third baseman Wright. Hernandez then retired Michael Barrett on a pop-up to second baseman Jose Valentin to end the inning.

Hernandez got a leadoff single in the top of the fifth. Orlando stole second base and Jose Reyes flied out to Bradley. Valentin singled to drive home Hernandez and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Beltran followed with a double to score Valentin and increase the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Peavy struck out Wright and retired Delgado on an inning-ending ground ball to first baseman Gonzalez. Hernandez then set down the Padres 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Peavy hurled a perfect top of the sixth. Hernandez retired the side in order in the bottom of the inning and San Diego reliever Kevin Cameron gave up just a walk to Valentin in the top of the seventh. Orlando set down all three hitters in the bottom half and Wright drew a walk to open the top of the eighth. Delgado singled and a sacrifice bunt by Green advanced the runners to second and third base. Lo Duca walked to load the bases and Milledge hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Wright with the Mets’ fourth run. Cameron retired pinch-hitter Ruben Gotay on a line drive to third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff to close out the inning. Mets’ reliever Pedro Feliciano then yielded just a single to pinch-hitter Josh Bard in the bottom half.

Against Padres’ reliever Royce Ring, Reyes reached on Kouzmanoff’s error to begin the top of the ninth. Jose went to second base on catcher Barrett’s passed ball and stole third as Valentin drew a walk. Beltran grounded out to shortstop Greene and an intentional walk to Wright loaded the bases. Delgado hit a single to plate both Reyes and Valentin for a 6-0 Mets lead. Green walked to reload the bases and Lo Duca’s ground out to Giles drove home Wright with the Mets’ seventh run. Ring then got Milledge to ground out to Giles and finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever Guillermo Mota retired Gonzalez on a fly ball to center fielder Beltran to start the bottom of the ninth. Bradley went down on strikes. Mota then got Greene to ground out to Wright and end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory on a combined three-hitter.