June 8, 2007: Sosa Leads Shutout of Tigers

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Date: June 8, 2007
Mets starter: Jorge Sosa
Mets: 3
Tigers: 0
Winning pitcher: Jorge Sosa
Key player(s): Jorge Sosa, David Wright, Carlos Delgado
Key play: Wright’s and Delgado’s home runs

The Mets faced the Tigers on a Friday night in Detroit. The teams played the opener of a three-game interleague series at Comerica Park. Jorge Sosa pitched eight shutout innings in a 3-0 Mets win.

Sosa and the Tigers’ Chad Durbin each pitched two-hit scoreless ball from the first inning to the third. With two outs in the top of the fourth, David Wright hit a home run for a 1-0 Mets lead. Paul Lo Duca popped out to second baseman Placido Polanco to end the inning and Sosa shut down the Tigers in the bottom half. Following a perfectly pitched fifth inning, Durbin retired the Mets in order again in the top of the sixth. Sosa then yielded only a single to Magglio Ordonez in the bottom of the inning.

Leading off the top of the seventh, Carlos Delgado homered for the Mets’ second run of the game. Wright drew a walk and Lo Duca flied out to right fielder Ordonez. On the play, Wright was caught by Ordonez’s throw to first baseman Sean Casey that completed a double play. Jose Valentin was retired on a ground ball to Casey for the inning’s third out and Sosa retired all three Detroit batters in the bottom half. Durbin set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth and Polanco hit a two-out double in the bottom half. Sosa then got Gary Sheffield to ground out to shortstop Jose Reyes and end the inning.

Carlos Gomez got a bunt single to begin the top of the ninth. Carlos Beltran singled to send Gomez to third base and Durbin was replaced on the mound by Tigers’ reliever Tim Byrdak. Delgado hit a sacrifice fly to score Gomez and increase the Mets’ lead to three runs. Jason Grilli came in to pitch for Detroit and retired Wright on a line drive to Polanco. Lo Duca followed with a single to center field. Grilli then retired Valentin on a fly ball to left fielder Craig Monroe to close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever Billy Wagner struck out Ordonez to start the bottom of the ninth. Carlos Guillen also went down on strikes. Wagner then got Ivan Rodriguez to fly out to right fielder Gomez and end the game. The Mets had a victory to open the weekend series.