July 8, 2008: Pelfrey and Three Homers Bury Giants

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Date: July 8, 2008
Mets starter: Mike Pelfrey
Mets: 7
Giants: 0
Winning pitcher: Mike Pelfrey
Key player(s): Mike Pelfrey, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado, Fernando Tatis
Key play: Mets’ home runs

The Mets faced the Giants on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Mike Pelfrey hurled seven scoreless innings and the Mets hit three homers in a 7-0 win over San Francisco.

The Giants failed to score after loading the bases in the top of the first. Endy Chavez singled against San Francisco starter Tim Lincecum with one out in the bottom half. David Wright drew a walk and Carlos Beltran slugged a home run for a 3-0 Mets lead. Damion Easley went down on strikes and Carlos Delgado drew a walk. Lincecum then fanned Fernando Tatis for the third out.

Pelfrey and Lincecum each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fifth. Mike gave up just a single to John Bowker while his teammates came up empty despite four hits against Lincecum. Pelfrey set down the Giants in order in the top of the sixth. With two outs in the bottom half, Delgado homered to extend the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Tatis singled and Lincecum retired Brian Schneider on an inning-ending grounder to first baseman Bowker. Pelfrey then yielded only a single to Rich Aurilia in the top of the seventh.

Pinch-hitter Argenis Reyes singled against Giants’ reliever Jack Taschner to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning. Jose Reyes got a bunt single and Chavez was struck out. Wright lined out to left fielder Fred Lewis and single by Beltran brought home Argenis Reyes. Easley singled against San Francisco’s Kevin Correia to score Jose Reyes for a 6-0 Mets lead. Correia then threw a called third strike past Delgado for the inning’s final out.

Mets’ reliever Scott Schoeneweis pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Leading off the bottom half, Tatis hit a homer for the seventh New York run. Correia retired the next three batters to close out the inning and the Mets’ Joe Smith got Randy Winn on a fly ball to center fielder Beltran to open the top of the ninth. Bengie Molina grounded out to shortstop Jose Reyes. Smith then got Aaron Rowand on a ground ball back to the mound to end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory to start the series.