July 28, 2009: Pelfrey Leads Shutout of Rockies

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Date: July 28, 2009
Mets starter: Mike Pelfrey
Mets: 4
Rockies: 0
Winning pitcher: Mike Pelfrey
Key player(s): Mike Pelfrey, Daniel Murphy, Jeff Francoeur
Key play: Francoeur’s single

The Mets faced the Rockies on a Tuesday night at Citi Field. The teams played the second of four games in a series. Mike Pelfrey and two relievers teamed up for a shutout in a 4-0 Mets win over Colorado.

After a scoreless first inning, Pelfrey surrendered just a walk to Ian Stewart in the top of the second. Daniel Murphy doubled against Rockies’ starter Jason Marquis to lead off the bottom half. Jeff Francoeur hit a single to drive home Murphy for a 1-0 Mets lead. Cory Sullivan followed with a double play ground ball to shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Marquis then retired Brian Schneider on a pop-up to first baseman Todd Helton that ended the inning.

Pelfrey set down the side in order in the top of the third. Alex Cora singled to open the bottom half. A sacrifice bunt by Pelfrey advanced Cora to second base and Angel Pagan lined out to left fielder Seth Smith. Luis Castillo singled to score Cora with the Mets’ second run of the game. Marquis then got David Wright to hit a force play grounder to second baseman Clint Barmes for the inning’s third out.

Tulowitzki and Stewart hit back-to-back singles with two outs in the top of the fourth. Following a double steal, Chris Iannetta drew a walk to load the bases. Pelfrey retired Barmes on an inning-ending pop-up to second baseman Castillo and a walk to Murphy began the bottom half. Francoeur flied out to Smith and an error by Barmes allowed Sullivan to reach base with Murphy going to third. Schneider hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Murphy and increase the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Cora singled to send Sullivan to third, but was out at second via a throw by right fielder Brad Hawpe to Tulowitzki to finish off the inning.

Pelfrey set down the Rockies in order in the top of the fifth. Marquis hurled a perfect bottom half and Helton got a leadoff single in the top of the sixth. Hawpe flied out to left fielder Sullivan and an infield single by Tulowitzki ensued. Stewart was retired on a pop-up to third baseman Wright. Iannetta got hit by a pitch to load the bases and Pelfrey retired Barmes on a fly ball to right fielder Francoeur to end the inning. Marquis then gave up just a double to Wright in the bottom half.

Pelfrey and Mets’ reliever Pedro Feliciano combined for a scoreless top of the seventh. Colorado’s Jhoulis Chacin hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning and Feliciano retired all three batters in the top of the eighth. Castillo drew a walk against Rockies’ reliever Josh Fogg to begin the bottom half. Wright walked and Murphy hit a single that brought home Castillo with the Mets’ fourth run. After arguing the call at home on Castillo, Colorado manager Jim Tracy was ejected by home plate umpire Larry Vanover. Francoeur went down on strikes and pinch-hitter Fernando Tatis popped out to Helton. A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third before a walk to Schneider loaded the bases. Fogg then got Cora to fly out to center fielder Dexter Fowler and finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever Sean Green retired Iannetta on a ground ball to Wright to start the top of the ninth. Barmes was hit by a pitch. Ryan Spilborghs then hit a grounder back to Green for a double play that ended the game. The Mets had a shutout victory.