July 30, 2009: Santana Leads Shutout of Rockies

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Date: July 30, 2009
Mets starter: Johan Santana
Mets: 7
Rockies: 0
Winning pitcher: Johan Santana
Key player(s): Johan Santana, Cory Sullivan, Omir Santos, Angel Berroa
Key play: Sullivan’s single, Santos’s single, Berroa’s double

The Mets faced the Rockies on a Thursday evening at Citi Field. The teams played each other in the new ballpark’s first doubleheader. In the opener, Johan Santana pitched seven shutout innings in leading the Mets to a 7-0 win over Colorado.

Santana and the Rockies’ Jason Hammel each pitched a scoreless first inning. In the second, Johan retired the side in order and Daniel Murphy doubled to begin the bottom half. A single by Jeff Francoeur advanced Murphy to third base. Cory Sullivan singled to score Murphy for the first run of the game. Omir Santos singled to drive home Francoeur and a double by Angel Berroa brought home Sullivan and Santos. Hammel struck out Santana and yielded a single to Angel Pagan that plated Berroa for a 5-0 Mets lead. Colorado reliever Josh Fogg then got Alex Cora to ground out to first baseman Todd Helton and retired David Wright on an inning-ending pop-up to second baseman Ian Stewart.

Santana and Fogg each pitched scoreless third and fourth innings. Johan limited the Mountain Men to a bunt single by Dexter Fowler in the top of the fifth. Leading off the bottom half, Pagan hit a triple to right field. Cora popped out to shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and a sacrifice fly by Wright scored Pagan. Murphy hit a line drive to center fielder Fowler for the final out of the inning. Santana set down the Rockies 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth. Colorado reliever Juan Rincon then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Santana recorded his seventh and eighth strikeouts of the game in a perfect top of the seventh inning. Cora singled with one out in the bottom half. Wright followed with a double to right field that plated Cora with the Mets’ seventh run. Murphy hit a grounder to Stewart for the second out and Francoeur grounded back to Rincon to end the inning. Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell retired all three Colorado batters in the top of the eighth. The Rockies’ Matt Daley then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

To begin the top of the ninth, Mets’ reliever Tim Redding struck out Omar Quintanilla. Tulowitzki drew a walk and Garrett Atkins reached on an error by second baseman Cora. Stewart followed with a ground ball on which first baseman Murphy threw to shortstop Berroa for an out at second on Atkins. Berroa then threw to Redding at first to complete a game-ending double play. The Mets had a shutout victory to start the first doubleheader ever played at Citi Field.