June 5, 2009: Wright's Double in 10th Beats Nationals

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Date: June 5, 2009
Mets starter: Tim Redding
Mets: 3
Nationals: 1
Winning pitcher: Sean Green
Key player(s): David Wright, Tim Redding
Key play: Wright’s two-run double

The Mets faced the Nationals on a Friday night in Washington. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. David Wright hit a two-run double in the 10th inning to give the Mets a 3-1 win over the Nats.

Following a scoreless first inning, Wright doubled against Washington’s Shairon Martis to lead off the top of the second. David moved to third base on Daniel Murphy’s fly out to center fielder Elijah Dukes and scored the game’s first run on Fernando Tatis’s ground out to shortstop Cristian Guzman. Martis issued a walk to Fernando Martinez and retired Brian Schneider on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Anderson Hernandez. Mets’ starter Tim Redding then shut down the Nationals in the bottom half.

Redding and Martis each pitched scoreless ball in the third and fourth. The Mets failed to score against Martis in the top of the fifth and Josh Bard hit a double to begin the bottom of the inning. Hernandez grounded out to shortstop Alex Cora and a single by pinch-hitter Alberto Gonzalez drove home Bard to tie the game at 1-1. Guzman doubled and Nick Johnson was walked intentionally to load the bases. Redding got Ryan Zimmerman to hit a ground ball to Cora for an inning-ending double play. Nats’ reliever Jason Bergmann pitched a scoreless top of the sixth. Redding then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

Bergmann hit Fernando Tatis with a pitch to open the top of the seventh inning. Washington reliever Ron Villone got Martinez to pop out to Hernandez and issued a walk to pinch-hitter Emil Brown. Mike MacDougal came in to pitch for the Nationals and struck out pinch-hitter Gary Sheffield. Cora was retired on an inning-ending grounder to Hernandez and the Mets’ Brian Stokes pitched a perfect bottom half. The Mets failed to score after loading the bases against the Nats’ Joe Beimel in the top of the eighth. New York’s Bobby Parnell then hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning.

Washington’s Joel Hanrahan and the Mets’ Sean Green each set down the side in order in the ninth. To begin the top of the 10th, Luis Castillo singled and Carlos Beltran drew a walk. Wright followed with a double that plated Castillo and Beltran to put the Mets ahead by two runs. David was caught stealing on a throw by catcher Bard to third baseman Zimmerman and a strikeout of Murphy ensued. Tatis doubled to left field and moved to third on a wild pitch. Hanrahan then got Martinez on a fly ball to left fielder Adam Dunn to close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever Francisco Rodriguez retired pinch-hitter Willie Harris on a grounder to Cora to start the bottom of the 10th. Guzman grounded out to first baseman Murphy. Rodriguez then threw a called third strike past Johnson to end the game. The Mets had an extra-inning victory to begin the weekend series.

Notes

  • The win for Green was his only one as a Met.