June 2, 2007: Delgado and Gotay Slug D'Backs

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Date: June 2, 2007
Mets starter: Jorge Sosa
Mets: 7
Diamondbacks: 1
Winning pitcher: Jorge Sosa
Key player(s): Carlos Delgado, Ruben Gotay, David Newhan
Key play: Delgado’s and Gotay’s home runs, Newhan’s single

The Mets faced the Diamondbacks on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Carlos Delgado and Ruben Gotay hit home runs in leading the Mets to a 7-1 win over Arizona.

Jorge Sosa and the Diamondbacks’ Livan Hernandez each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Eric Byrnes hit a home run with one out in the top of the third for a 1-0 Arizona lead. Chris Young lined out to center fielder Endy Chavez and a single by Orlando Hudson followed. Sosa struck out Mark Reynolds to end the inning. Hernandez then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Sosa hurled a perfect top of the fourth. Delgado slugged a game-tying homer to lead off the bottom of the inning. Ramon Castro got a single and advanced to third base on a single by Gotay. David Newhan singled to plate Castro with the go-ahead run and send Gotay to third. Ben Johnson hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Gotay and extend the Mets’ lead to 3-1. Sosa laid down a force play bunt back to Hernandez and a single by Jose Reyes ensued. Hernandez then retired Chavez on a fly ball to right fielder Carlos Quentin for the inning’s final out.

Sosa and Hernandez each hurled scoreless fifth and sixth innings. Miguel Montero drew a two-out walk against Sosa in the top of the seventh. Mets’ reliever Joe Smith threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Alberto Callaspo to close out the inning and David Wright walked against the Snakes’ Doug Slaten with one out in the bottom half. Delgado hit a double and Arizona’s Juan Cruz struck out Castro. Gotay connected for a three-run homer and a 6-1 New York lead. Cruz then got Newhan to ground out to first baseman Tony Clark and end the inning.

Smith and Mets’ reliever Pedro Feliciano combined for a scoreless top of the eighth. Carlos Gomez got a one-out single in the bottom half. Gomez stole second base and scored the Mets’ seventh run on a triple by Reyes. Chavez was struck out and Wright drew a walk. Cruz retired Delgado on a fly ball to left fielder Byrnes for the third out of the inning and Stephen Drew grounded out to shortstop Reyes to begin the top of the ninth. Quentin was retired on a grounder to third baseman Wright. Feliciano then got pinch-hitter Robby Hammock to ground out to Reyes and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a solid victory.