June 30, 2007: Four Homers Lead Rout of Phils
|Date: June 30, 2007|
|Mets starter: Jorge Sosa|
|Winning pitcher: Jorge Sosa|
|Key player(s): Carlos Beltran, Paul Lo Duca, David Wright|
|Key play: Lo Duca’s and Wright’s home runs in 1st, Beltran’s two homers|
The Mets faced the Phillies on a Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia. After sweeping a doubleheader one night earlier, the Mets aimed for their third win in a row at Citizens Bank Park. Four home runs led to an 8-3 Mets triumph over the Phils.
Jose Reyes began the top of the first inning with a single off Philadelphia starter J. A. Happ. An ensuing home run by Paul Lo Duca gave the Mets an early 2-0 lead. Happ struck out Carlos Beltran and gave up a homer to David Wright for the Mets’ third run. Carlos Delgado doubled and moved to third base on a single by Damion Easley. Happ fanned the next two batters to end the inning. Mets’ starter Jorge Sosa then set down the Phillies in order in the bottom half.
Happ pitched a perfect top of the second. In the bottom of the inning, the Phils loaded the bases with none out. Greg Dobbs hit a ground ball to third baseman Wright for a double play on which Ryan Howard scored. A single by Carlos Ruiz brought home Aaron Rowand to reduce the Mets’ lead to 3-2. Sosa fanned Happ to close out the inning and the Mets failed to score in the top of the third. Jorge then retired the Phillies 1-2-3 in the bottom half.
After a scoreless top of the fourth inning, Howard led off the bottom half with a game-tying home run. Sosa set down the next three batters and Happ walked Lo Duca to start the top of the fifth. Beltran followed with a two-run homer to put the Mets ahead, 5-3. Philadelphia reliever Ryan Madson retired the next three hitters and Ruiz singled to begin the bottom of the inning. Madson’s sacrifice bunt advanced Ruiz to second base. Jimmy Rollins’ fly out to right fielder Shawn Green moved Ruiz to third and Michael Bourn drew a walk. Sosa then got Chase Utley on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Easley.
Madson and Mets’ reliever Scott Schoeneweis each pitched a scoreless sixth inning. With one out in the top of the seventh, Beltran hit his second homer (and the Mets’ fourth) of the game for the sixth New York run. Madson retired Wright on a grounder to first baseman Howard and Phils’ reliever J. C. Romero fanned Delgado for the third out of the inning. Aaron Heilman shut down the Phillies in the bottom half. For Philadelphia, Jose Mesa pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. Mets’ reliever Pedro Feliciano then retired the Phils in order in the bottom of the inning.
Lo Duca hit a single with one out in the top of the ninth. Beltran singled to right field after which Lo Duca scored on an error by second baseman Utley. A passed ball by catcher Ruiz allowed Beltran to advance from second to third base. Wright’s sacrifice fly plated Beltran with the Mets’ eighth run. Mesa then got Delgado on a fly ball to center fielder Rowand to end the inning.
Feliciano retired Shane Victorino on a grounder to Wright to open the bottom of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Wes Helms followed with a single to right field. Ruiz hit a ground ball to shortstop Reyes for a double play that finished off the game. The Mets had their third straight win of the series in Philadelphia.
- The save for Feliciano was the first of his major league career.