June 15, 2008: Cancel's Single Beats Rangers

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Date: June 15, 2008
Mets starter: Pedro Martinez
Mets: 4
Rangers: 2
Winning pitcher: Pedro Martinez
Key player(s): Robinson Cancel
Key play: Cancel’s single in 6th

The Mets and Rangers played a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. After dropping the opener to the Texas team, the Mets aimed for a split in the second game. Robinson Cancel delivered a two-run single to put the Mets on top for good in a 4-2 win.

In the top of the first inning, Frank Catalanotto got a one-out double off Mets’ starter Pedro Martinez. A single by Michael Young scored Catalanotto with the first run of the game. Martinez retired Josh Hamilton on a ground ball to third baseman David Wright and struck out David Murphy to end the inning. Rangers’ starter Kason Gabbard then held the Mets to a single by Wright in a scoreless bottom half.

Marlon Byrd led off the top of the second with a single to left field. On an ensuing single by Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Byrd was out at third base on a throw by right fielder Fernando Tatis. Martinez struck out Ramon Vazquez and got Gabbard to hit into a force play. The Mets then were set down in order by Gabbard in the bottom of the inning.

In the top of the third, Ian Kinsler reached second base on an error by left fielder Damion Easley. Catalanotto grounded out to move Kinsler to third and Young drew a walk. Hamilton singled to score Kinsler and increase the Texas lead to 2-0. Murphy hit a force play grounder to second baseman Luis Castillo. Martinez then struck out Byrd to end the inning.

Gabbard retired the first two Met batters in the bottom of the third. Jose Reyes reached on a third strike wild pitch to keep the inning alive. Castillo singled to advance Reyes to third base. Wright hit a single to score Reyes and send Castillo to third. A single by Carlos Beltran brought home Castillo to tie the game. Easley then hit into a force play for the third out.

Martinez and Gabbard each pitched scoreless ball in the fourth and fifth innings. Pedro set down the Rangers again in the top of the sixth. Beltran led off the bottom half with a single and went to third on Easley’s ensuing double. Carlos Delgado grounded out and Gabbard threw a called third strike past Ramon Castro. Tatis was walked intentionally to load the bases. As a pinch-hitter for Martinez, Cancel hit a single to center field that plated Beltran and Easley. Gabbard walked Reyes to reload the bases. Texas reliever Josh Rupe then retired Castillo on an inning-ending grounder to third baseman Vazquez.

Pedro Feliciano set down the Rangers in order in the top of the seventh. The Mets failed to score despite three singles off the Rangers’ Doug Mathis in the bottom of the inning. In the top of the eighth, Duaner Sanchez retired all three Texas batters. The Mets had two runners on base with two outs in the bottom half. Mathis then got Beltran on a ground ball to second baseman Kinsler to end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Billy Wagner retired Murphy on a grounder to shortstop Reyes to start the top of the ninth. Wagner fanned Byrd for the second out of the inning. Billy then struck out Saltalamacchia to end the game. The Mets had salvaged a split of the twinbill.


  • Cancel’s two-run single was his first hit as a Mets player. It was also his first major league hit in nine years.