May 16, 2009: Mets Win Hitters Battle
|Date: May 16, 2009|
|Mets starter: Johan Santana|
|Winning pitcher: Johan Santana|
|Key player(s): David Wright, Carlos Beltran|
|Key play: Mets' four-run fifth|
The Mets and Giants played on a Saturday afternoon in San Francisco. In a matchup of high-quality lefthanders, the teams combined for 15 runs and 28 hits in an unexpected offensive display. The Mets emerged with a 9-6 win.
In search of his 299th career win, Randy Johnson took the mound for San Francisco. The Mets scored three times against the Big Unit in the first inning on Carlos Beltran's two-run double and David Wright's run-scoring ground out. The Giants plated a run when Pablo Sandoval doubled off Mets' starter Johan Santana to score Fred Lewis in the third.
In the bottom of the fourth, Bengie Molina singled and Randy Winn reached second base on Wright's error to begin the inning for San Francisco. Santana struck out Juan Uribe, but then gave up a two-run single to Aaron Rowand that tied the game. Johan retired the next two Giant batters to end the inning.
Alex Cora led off the top of the fifth with a double and moved to third on Johnson's balk. Beltran followed with another double to score Cora and put the Mets ahead, 4-3. Gary Sheffield followed with a single and Wright hit the Mets' third double of the inning to bring home Beltran and Sheffield. Johnson was then lifted for reliever Justin Miller.
After moving to third on a fly out, Wright scored on Ramon Castro's single off Miller. The Mets went on to load the bases with two outs as Cora came up for the second time in the inning. Miller got Alex on a fly ball to center field for the last out.
With two out in the bottom of the sixth, Rowand homered off Santana and Travis Ishikawa singled to center field. Pinch-hitter Rich Aurilia followed with a double to score Ishikawa from first base. Santana then got Emmanuel Burriss to ground out end the inning, but the Giants had cut the Mets' lead to 7-5.
San Francisco scored against Santana again in the seventh on Winn's two-out single that brought home Lewis. Johan picked off Winn for the final out of the inning. Having given up six runs and 11 hits, Santana was removed for a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning.
To start the top of the ninth, Beltran and Sheffield reached base against Giants' reliever Pat Misch. Wright followed with a single off Brandon Medders to load the bases and Beltran scored on Fernando Tatis's sacrifice fly. Castro then singled to bring home Sheffield with the Mets' ninth run of the game. In the bottom of the inning, J. J. Putz retired San Francisco in order to finish off the game. The Mets had a victory in a surprisingly high-scoring contest.