June 27, 2008: Delgado Drives in 9 Runs

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Date: June 27, 2008
Mets starter: Mike Pelfrey
Mets: 15
Yankees: 6
Winning pitcher: Mike Pelfrey
Key player(s): Carlos Delgado, Luis Castillo, Carlos Beltran
Key play: Delgado’s double, grand slam & three-run homer

The Mets and Yankees had an encounter on a Friday afternoon. In a makeup of an earlier rainout, the teams faced each other in the Bronx to begin a day-night doubleheader split between home fields. Carlos Delgado set a club record with nine RBIs in the Mets’ 15-6 romp over the Yanks.

In the top of the first inning, Luis Castillo drew a one-out walk and stole second base. A single by David Wright brought home Castillo with the first run of the game. Yankees’ starter Dan Giese retired the next two batters on fly balls to center fielder Melky Cabrera to close out the inning. Mets’ starter Mike Pelfrey recorded two strikeouts and issued a walk to Bobby Abreu in the bottom half. A single by Alex Rodriguez advanced Abreu to third base. Jason Giambi singled to left field to score Abreu and tie the game. Pelfrey then struck out Jorge Posada.

After a scoreless second inning, Castillo singled and stole second to begin the top of the third. Wright flied out to Cabrera and an ensuing home run by Carlos Beltran gave the Mets a 3-1 lead. Giese set down the next two hitters and Pelfrey yielded a leadoff double to Derek Jeter in the bottom of the inning. Jeter went to third on Abreu’s fly out and scored on Rodriguez’s single. A walk to Giambi and a single by Posada loaded the bases. Robinson Cano hit into a force play on which Rodriguez scored the tying run. Wilson Betemit followed with an infield single to bring home Giambi for a 4-3 Yanks lead. Pelfrey struck out Justin Christian to end the inning. Giese pitched a perfect top of the fourth. The Yankees then failed to score after loading the bases against Pelfrey in the bottom half.

Jose Reyes walked and stole second base to start the top of the fifth inning. Castillo drew a walk and Wright singled to load the bases. Yanks’ reliever Edwar Ramirez got Beltran to hit into a force play on which Reyes scored. Delgado followed with a double to plate Castillo and Beltran, putting the Mets ahead, 6-4. Ramirez fanned Trot Nixon and got Marlon Anderson to ground out to second baseman Cano. Pelfrey then shut down the Yanks without a hit in the bottom of the inning.

In the top of the sixth, Brian Schneider got a one-out single and Reyes drew a walk. Castillo hit into a force play and Ramirez was replaced on the mound by Ross Ohlendorf. Wright greeted Ohlendorf with a single to score Schneider from third base. An ensuing walk to Beltran loaded the bases. Delgado hit a grand slam to extend the Mets’ lead to 11-4. Nixon flied out to left fielder Christian to end the inning. Mets’ reliever Pedro Feliciano struck out Abreu and gave up a home run to Rodriguez in the bottom half. Pedro completed the rest of the inning with no further scoring. Ohlendorf retired the Mets in order in the top of the seventh. Aaron Heilman then held the Yankees scoreless in the bottom half.

Reyes and Castillo opened the top of the eighth inning with back-to-back singles. Wright singled to center field to score Reyes for the Mets’ twelfth run. LaTroy Hawkins came in to pitch for the Yanks and got Beltran to hit into a force play. Delgado homered to bring in three more Met runs. Nixon hit a single and Hawkins retired the next two batters on outfield flies. Mets’ reliever Carlos Muniz then pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning.

Hawkins shut down the Mets in the top of the ninth. In the bottom half, Muniz retired Cano on a fly ball to left fielder Endy Chavez and gave up a double to Betemit. An ensuing single by Johnny Damon scored Betemit for the Yankees' sixth run. Muniz got Cabrera to fly out to center fielder Beltran. He then set down Alberto Gonzalez on a fly ball to right fielder Nixon to end the game. The Mets had a solid victory over their intra-city rivals.