June 10, 2006: Soler Shuts Out Diamondbacks

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Date: June 10, 2006
Mets starter: Alay Soler
Mets: 5
Diamondbacks: 0
Winning pitcher: Alay Soler
Key player(s): Alay Soler
Key play: Mets' 3 runs in 1st

The Mets played the Diamondbacks on a Saturday night in Phoenix. Alay Soler recorded his first major league complete game with a two-hit shutout. The Mets defeated Arizona, 5-0.

The Mets got three runs in the top of the first inning against Diamondbacks' starter Brandon Webb. With one out, Paul Lo Duca reached on a two-base error by third baseman Chad Tracy and scored on Carlos Beltran's double. David Wright drove home Beltran with a two-out single and scored on Jose Valentin's double that followed. Given an early lead, Soler pitched a perfect bottom half and held Arizona hitless in the bottom of the second.

Webb struck out all three Met batters in the top of the third inning. In the bottom half, Orlando Hudson doubled for the first hit off Soler. Hudson was thrown out at third on Webb's failed sacrifice bunt and the D'Backs did not score. Soler walked Tracy to begin the bottom of the fourth, but retired the next three batters and followed up with three consecutive perfect innings.

Jose Reyes singled off Webb to begin the top of the eighth inning. Reyes stole second and went to third on Lo Duca's bunt single. After Beltran struck out, Carlos Delgado hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Reyes and increase the Mets' lead to 4-0. Soler then shut down Arizona in the bottom half, allowing only a double to pinch-hitter Jeff DaVanon.

The Mets scored against Diamondbacks' reliever Brandon Lyon in the top of the ninth. Endy Chavez led off with a double and came home on a two-out single by Reyes. Soler retired the side in order in the bottom of the inning. The Mets had a victory on Alay's first complete game and shutout of his major league career.

Notes

  • The loss for Webb was his first of the season after eight wins.