June 29, 2007: Mets Complete DH Sweep of Phils

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Date: June 29, 2007
Mets starter: John Maine
Mets: 5
Phillies: 2
Winning pitcher: John Maine
Key player(s): John Maine, Carlos Beltran, Damion Easley
Key play: Beltran’s two homers, Easley’s two-run homer

The Mets and Phillies played a doubleheader on a Friday evening in Philadelphia. After winning the opener of the twinbill, the Mets were in search of a sweep in the nightcap. John Maine and a trio of home runs led the Mets to a 5-2 win over the Phils.

Following a scoreless first inning, Shawn Green singled to open the top of the second. Green stole second base and advanced to third on Carlos Gomez’s ground out to second baseman Chase Utley. Maine grounded out to Utley and a wild pitch on the fourth ball to Jose Reyes brought home Green. Reyes stole second and Phillies’ starter Cole Hamels retired Paul Lo Duca on an inning-ending ground ball to Utley. Maine then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Carlos Beltran homered to lead off the top of the third inning. David Wright went down on strikes and Carlos Delgado flied out to left fielder Pat Burrell. Damion Easley drew a walk and Green flied out to Burrell to end the inning. Maine set down the Phils in order in the bottom half and Hamels retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth. To begin the bottom of the inning, Michael Bourn singled to center field. Bourn stole second base and moved to third on an error by catcher Lo Duca. Utley hit a sacrifice fly to score Bourn with the first Philadelphia run of the game. Maine then got Ryan Howard to ground out to second baseman Easley and struck out Aaron Rowand to end the inning.

With one out in the top of the fifth, Beltran hit his second home run of the game for a 3-1 Mets lead. Wright was struck out and Delgado drew a walk. Easley singled and Green hit a force play grounder to third baseman Abraham Nunez that closed out the inning. Maine set down all three batters in the bottom half and Philadelphia reliever Geoff Geary pitched a scoreless top of the sixth. Maine then retired the Phillies 1-2-3 again in the bottom of the inning.

Wright doubled to lead off the top of the seventh. Delgado popped out to catcher Carlos Ruiz and a two-run homer by Easley extended the Mets’ lead to 5-1. Green flied out to Burrell and a single by Gomez ensued. Geary threw a called third strike past Maine for the inning’s final out. John then pitched his third straight perfect inning in the bottom half.

The Mets failed to score after loading the bases against the Phils’ J. C. Romero in the top of the eighth. Burrell flied out to left fielder Gomez to begin the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Shane Victorino got an infield single to halt Maine’s string of thirteen consecutive batters retired and stole second base. Maine retired Ruiz to fly out to right fielder Green and got Greg Dobbs on an inning-ending pop-up to Easley. Philadelphia reliever Brian Sanches then hurled a scoreless top of the ninth.

Jimmie Rollins hit a double to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning. Billy Wagner came in to pitch for the Mets and got pinch-hitter Chris Coste to pop out to Easley. Utley singled to drive home Rollins with the Phillies’ second run and Howard drew a walk. Wagner then struck out Rowand and Burrell to finish off the game. The Mets had a sweep of the doubleheader.