June 29, 2007: Mets Outlast Phils in DH Opener
|Date: June 29, 2007|
|Mets starter: Orlando Hernandez|
|Winning pitcher: Orlando Hernandez|
|Key player(s): Orlando Hernandez, Carlos Delgado, Jose Reyes, Ramon Castro|
|Key play: Delgado’s and Reyes’ home runs, Castro’s double|
The Mets faced the Phillies in a Friday doubleheader. The teams played a three-hour and thirteen-minute opener of the twinbill at Citizens Bank Park. In a game that included five home runs, the Mets came away with a 6-5 win over Philadelphia.
Following a scoreless first inning, David Wright hit a double to lead off the top of the second. Carlos Delgado homered for a 2-0 Mets lead. Phils’ starter J. D. Durbin retired the next three batters to end the inning and Aaron Rowand hit a homer against the Mets’ Orlando Hernandez to lead off the bottom half. Hernandez set down the next three Philadelphia hitters and Jose Reyes homered for the Mets’ third run with one out in the top of the third inning. Durbin retired Jose Valentin on a fly ball to right fielder Michael Bourn and got Carlos Beltran on an inning-ending pop-up to catcher Rod Barajas. Hernandez then pitched a perfect bottom half.
Delgado hit a one-out double in the top of the fourth inning. Shawn Green popped out to third baseman Wes Helms and a double by Ramon Castro brought home Delgado. Ricky Ledee was given an intentional walk and advanced to third base on Hernandez’s single that scored Castro. Ledee came home on a wild pitch to increase the Mets’ lead to 6-1. Durbin retired Reyes on a fly ball to center fielder Rowand to close out the inning. Hernandez then set down the Phillies 1-2-3 in the bottom half.
Durbin and Philadelphia’s Brian Sanches combined to pitch a scoreless top of the fifth. Hernandez retired the side in order in the bottom of the inning and Sanches hurled a perfect top of the sixth. Leading off the bottom half, pinch-hitter Chris Coste hit a home run. Jimmie Rollins went down on strikes and Bourn grounded out to second baseman Valentin. Hernandez issued consecutive walks to Chase Utley and Ryan Howard before fanning Rowand for the inning’s final out. Phils’ reliever Clay Condrey then pitched a scoreless top of the seventh.
Greg Dobbs singled against the Mets’ Guillermo Mota to begin the bottom of the seventh inning. Helms followed with a home run (the fifth of the game) to reduce the Mets’ lead to 6-4. Barajas was called out on strikes and Shane Victorino grounded out to Valentin. Mota got Rollins to fly out to right fielder Green and end the inning. Condrey and Phils’ reliever Mike Zagurski then teamed up to pitch a perfect top of the eighth.
Bourn drew a walk against the Mets’ Pedro Feliciano to open the bottom of the eighth inning. Utley and Howard were retired on consecutive outfield fly balls and Bourn stole second base. Pinch-hitter Pat Burrell singled against Mets’ reliever Aaron Heilman to drive home Bourn with the Phillies’ fifth run. Heilman retired Dobbs on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Beltran. Philadelphia’s Jose Mesa then set down the side in order in the top of the ninth.
Mets’ reliever Billy Wagner struck out Helms to start the bottom of the ninth inning. Barajas also went down on strikes. Wagner then threw a called third strike past Victorino to end the game. The Mets had a victory to begin the doubleheader.