June 22, 2009: Fourteen Hits Put Away Cards

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Date: June 22, 2009
Mets starter: Tim Redding
Mets: 6
Cardinals: 4
Winning pitcher: Tim Redding
Key player(s): Luis Castillo, Omir Santos, Daniel Murphy, Alex Cora
Key play: Castillo’s double, Murphy’s home run, Cora’s singles

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Monday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a four-game series. The Mets collected fourteen hits in a 6-4 win over St. Louis.

Mets’ starter Tim Redding pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Daniel Murphy singled against the Cards’ Todd Wellemeyer with one out in the bottom half. David Wright and Fernando Tatis followed with singles to load the bases and Ryan Church hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Murphy. Omir Santos singled to score Wright for a 2-0 Mets lead. On the play, Tatis got caught in a rundown and was tagged out by shortstop Brendan Ryan to end the inning.

Redding set down the side in order in the top of the second. Luis Castillo got a one-out single in the bottom half. Redding’s sacrifice bunt advanced Castillo to second base and Alex Cora drew a walk. Murphy flied out to left fielder Rick Ankiel to finish off the inning and Khalil Greene singled to begin the top of the third. Khalil Greene moved to second on Wellemeyer’s sacrifice bunt and Ryan went down on strikes. Skip Schumaker hit a single to drive home Khalil Greene and reduce the Mets’ lead to 2-1. A wild pitch sent Schumaker to second and Redding fanned Colby Rasmus for the inning’s third out. Wellemeyer then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Redding surrendered only a walk to Ankiel in the top of the fourth. Santos got a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning. Jeremy Reed flied out to center fielder Rasmus and a double by Castillo brought home Santos. On his own hit, Castillo went to third via an error by Ryan. Redding grounded out to Ryan to end the inning and retired the Cardinals 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth. To open the bottom half, Murphy hit a home run to extend the Mets’ lead to 4-1. Wright walked and Tatis grounded to third baseman Khalil Greene for a double play. Wellemeyer then struck out Church to end the inning.

Albert Pujols doubled with two outs in the top of the sixth. Ryan Ludwick slugged a two-run homer and Ankiel was retired on an inning-ending ground ball to shortstop Cora. Santos got a leadoff single against Wellemeyer in the bottom half. Reed grounded out to catcher Yadier Molina and an intentional walk to Castillo ensued. Redding followed with a bunt on which Molina threw to Ryan for an out at third base on Santos. Cora singled to score Castillo for a 5-3 Mets lead. Cardinals’ reliever Trever Miller then retired Murphy on a grounder to Ryan that closed out the inning.

Redding set down all three batters in the top of the seventh. Church and Santos got back-to-back singles against St. Louis reliever Kyle McClellan with two outs in the bottom half. McClellan struck out Reed to end the inning and Ryan homered against Redding to lead off the top of the eighth. Mets’ reliever Jon Switzer fanned Schumaker and a single by pinch-hitter Tyler Greene followed. New York’s Brian Stokes got Pujols to hit a grounder back to the mound for an inning-ending double play and Castillo singled against the Cards’ Jason Motte to begin the bottom half. On a sacrifice bunt, pinch-hitter Fernando Martinez reached via an error by St. Louis reliever Dennys Reyes. Cora singled to plate Castillo with the Mets’ sixth run of the game. Murphy was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Ankiel (who had shifted from left.) Cardinals’ reliever Josh Kinney then got Wright to ground out to Khalil Greene and retired Tatis on a fly ball to left fielder Schumaker to finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever Francisco Rodriguez got Ludwick on a fly ball to right fielder Church to start the top of the ninth. Ankiel flied out to center fielder Reed. Rodriguez then retired Molina on a ground ball to Cora for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory to begin the series.