May 10, 2008: Twelve Hits Bury Reds in DH Opener

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Date: May 10, 2008
Mets starter: Johan Santana
Mets: 12
Reds: 6
Winning pitcher: Johan Santana
Key player(s): Carlos Beltran, Moises Alou, Carlos Delgado, Brian Schneider
Key play: Alou’s two-run single, Beltran’s triple, Delgado’s and Schneider’s home runs

The Mets faced the Reds in a doubleheader on a Saturday at Shea Stadium. The teams played a three-hour and twelve-minute afternoon opener of the day-night twinbill. The Mets collected twelve hits in a 12-6 win over Cincinnati.

Mets’ starter Johan Santana pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. The Reds’ Matt Belisle surrendered only a pair of walks in the bottom half and Santana gave up just a walk to Jeff Keppinger in the top of the second. Moises Alou got a single to open the bottom of the inning. Carlos Delgado singled and Alou moved to third base on Brian Schneider’s force play ground ball to first baseman Joey Votto. On a strikeout of Santana, Alou scored and Schneider went to second via a wild pitch. Belisle then got Jose Reyes to fly out to left fielder Ryan Freel and end the inning.

Santana yielded just a double to Freel in the top of the third. Luis Castillo drew a walk to open the bottom half. Castillo advanced to third base on David Wright’s single and came home on a single by Carlos Beltran. Ryan Church grounded out to Votto to advance the runners to second and third. Alou followed with a single that drove home Wright and Beltran for a 4-0 Mets lead. Belisle then got Delgado to hit a double play grounder to Votto for the inning’s final outs.

Edwin Encarnacion slugged a solo home run with one out in the top of the fourth. Keppinger flied out to center fielder Beltran and a strikeout of David Ross ended the inning. Belisle hurled a perfect bottom half and singled to begin the top of the fifth. Santana retired the next three Cincinnati batters to close out the inning and Castillo reached second base on Belisle’s error to lead off the bottom half. Luis moved to third on Wright’s single and scored on Beltran’s sacrifice fly. Church hit a single to plate Wright and extend the Mets’ lead to 6-1. Belisle then got Alou on a ground ball to third baseman Encarnacion for a double play that finished off the inning.

Brandon Phillips hit a triple to lead off the top of the sixth. Votto popped out to shortstop Reyes and a single by Encarnacion brought home Phillips. Keppinger got an infield single and Ross took a called third strike. Pinch-hitter Scott Hatteberg singled to drive home Encarnacion and reduce the Mets’ lead to 6-3. Santana then struck out Corey Patterson to end the inning.

Delgado doubled against Reds’ reliever Bill Bray to open the bottom of the sixth. Schneider hit a single to send Delgado to third base and Cincinnati’s Mike Lincoln retired pinch-hitter Damion Easley on a ground ball to Encarnacion. Reyes walked to load the bases and Castillo was called out on strikes. Wright followed with a walk to force home Delgado. Beltran connected for a triple that scored Schneider, Reyes and Wright for a 10-3 Mets lead. Lincoln then retired Church on a grounder to second baseman Phillips for the inning’s final out.

Freel singled against Mets’ reliever Aaron Heilman to begin the top of the seventh. Ken Griffey, Jr. was retired on a line drive to Beltran. Freel stole second base and Phillips drew a walk. Votto hit a double to drive home Freel and a strikeout of Encarnacion ensued. Heilman got Keppinger on an inning-ending ground ball to Reyes. With one out in the bottom half, Delgado and Schneider hit back-to-back homers to increase the Mets’ lead to 12-4. Lincoln then fanned pinch-hitter Endy Chavez and retired Reyes on a grounder to Votto to close out the inning.

Ross got a leadoff single against Mets’ reliever Pedro Feliciano in the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Jerry Hairston flied out to Beltran and a pop-up by Patterson was caught by third baseman Wright. Freel singled and came around to score with Ross on a double by Griffey. Feliciano retired Phillips on a ground ball to second baseman Castillo for the third out of the inning. Reds’ reliever Jeremy Affeldt then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Votto drew a walk against Mets’ reliever Jorge Sosa to open the top of the ninth. Encarnacion followed with a grounder to Reyes for a double play. Sosa then got Keppinger on a ground ball to catcher Schneider for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory to start the doubleheader.