May 1, 2009: Quick Start Jolts Phils

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Date: May 1, 2009
Mets starter: Mike Pelfrey
Mets: 7
Phillies: 4
Winning pitcher: Mike Pelfrey
Key player(s): Mike Pelfrey, Daniel Murphy, Fernando Tatis, David Wright
Key play: Murphy’s home run, Pelfrey’s and Wright’s singles

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Friday night. The teams played a three-hour and thirteen-minute game at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park. The Mets scored five runs in the first three innings and defeated the Phils, 7-4.

Alex Cora drew a one-out walk against Phillies’ starter Chan Ho Park in the top of the first. Daniel Murphy hit a two-run homer and consecutive walks to Carlos Beltran and David Wright ensued. Ryan Church grounded to first baseman Ryan Howard for a double play that ended the inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Chase Utley was hit by a pitch and advanced to third base on a single by Howard. Mets’ starter Mike Pelfrey then got Jayson Werth on a force play ground ball to third baseman Wright for the inning’s third out.

Fernando Tatis singled to lead off the top of the second. Tatis moved to third base on a double by Omir Santos. Pelfrey and Jose Reyes hit back-to-back sacrifice flies that brought home Tatis and Santos, respectively, for a 4-0 Mets lead. Cora hit a single and Park retired Murphy on an inning-ending grounder to third baseman Pedro Feliz. Pelfrey then yielded only a single to Chris Coste in the bottom half.

Beltran drew a walk to open the top of the third. Wright hit a double and Church went down on strikes. Tatis was walked intentionally to load the bases and Santos followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Beltran for a five-run Mets lead. Pelfrey grounded out to Park to end the inning and Shane Victorino got a one-out single in the bottom half. Victorino went to second base on Pelfrey’s errant pickoff throw and Utley drew a walk. Howard flied out to left fielder Murphy and a walk to Werth loaded the bases. Raul Ibanez hit a single to drive home Victorino and Utley. Feliz singled to score Werth and reduce the Mets’ lead to 5-3. Pelfrey then retired Coste on a grounder to Wright to finish off the inning.

After a scoreless fourth, Beltran doubled against Park to begin the top of the fifth. Wright hit a single to bring home Beltran and a line drive by Church was caught by left fielder Ibanez. With Tatis at bat, Wright was caught stealing on catcher Coste’s throw to second baseman Utley. Tatis hit a double and Santos was given an intentional walk. Pelfrey singled against Philadelphia reliever Chad Durbin to score Tatis and extend the Mets’ lead to 7-3. Durbin got Reyes to ground out to Utley and end the inning. Pelfrey then surrendered just a walk to Howard in the bottom half.

Durbin shut down the Mets in the top of the sixth. Feliz singled against Pelfrey to lead off the bottom of the inning. Coste hit a force play grounder to Wright and a single by pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs followed. Against New York reliever Pedro Feliciano, Jimmie Rollins reached on an error by shortstop Reyes. On the play, Coste was out at home via a throw by second baseman Cora to catcher Santos. Feliciano then got Victorino on a fly ball to center fielder Beltran to close out the inning.

Phillies’ reliever J. A. Happ hurled a scoreless top of the seventh. Leading off the bottom half, Utley homered for the Phils’ fourth run of the game. Feliciano set down the next three batters to end the inning and Happ retired the Mets in order in the top of the eighth. New York’s J. J. Putz pitched a perfect bottom of the inning. Philadelphia’s Chad Condrey then set down the side 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth.

Mets’ reliever Francisco Rodriguez retired Rollins on a pop-up to Cora to open the bottom of the ninth inning. Victorino was struck out and Utley drew a walk. Rodriguez then fanned Howard for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory to start the weekend series.