May 17, 2008: Three-Run Innings Down Yanks
|Date: May 17, 2008|
|Mets starter: Johan Santana|
|Winning pitcher: Johan Santana|
|Key player(s): Johan Santana, Jose Reyes, David Wright, Carlos Beltran|
|Key play: Beltran’s RBI single, Reyes’ and Wright’s home runs|
The Mets faced the Yankees on a Saturday afternoon in the Bronx. The teams played a three-hour and eight-minute game. The Mets scored three runs in both the fourth and seventh innings in a 7-4 win.
Yanks’ starter Andy Pettitte struck out the side in a scoreless top of the first. Johnny Damon drew a walk against the Mets’ Johan Santana to lead off the bottom half. Bobby Abreu went down on strikes and Derek Jeter homered for a 2-0 Yankees lead. Hideki Matsui was retired on a ground ball to second baseman Luis Castillo. Santana then got Jason Giambi to foul out to catcher Brian Schneider and end the inning.
After scoreless second and third innings, Ryan Church singled to open the top of the fourth. David Wright hit a single and Carlos Beltran singled to drive home Church. Moises Alou drew a walk that loaded the bases and Carlos Delgado popped out to shortstop Jeter. Damion Easley was called out on strikes and Schneider walked to force home Wright. Castillo followed with an infield single that scored Beltran and put the Mets ahead, 3-2. Pettitte retired Jose Reyes on a pop-up to Jeter for the inning’s third out. Santana then set down the Yanks in order in the bottom half.
Pettitte and Santana each hurled scoreless fifth and sixth innings. Leading off the top of the seventh, Reyes hit a home run against Yankees’ reliever Kyle Farnsworth. Church drew a walk and Wright slugged a two-run homer to increase the Mets’ lead to 6-2. Beltran was retired on a pop-up to second baseman Robinson Cano. Alou grounded out to third baseman Alberto Gonzalez and a single by Delgado ensued. Farnsworth threw a called third strike past Easley to close out the inning and Giambi homered to begin the bottom half. Cano took a called third strike and Melky Cabrera grounded out to shortstop Reyes. Santana then retired Gonzalez on a fly ball to center fielder Beltran that ended the inning.
Yanks’ reliever Edwar Ramirez pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. With two outs in the bottom half, Abreu hit a home run against Santana to reduce the Mets’ lead to 6-4. Jeter doubled and the Mets’ Billy Wagner retired Matsui on an inning-ending grounder to Castillo. Beltran hit a one-out triple against the Yankees’ Joba Chamberlain in the top of the ninth. Alou was called out on strikes and Delgado singled to being home Beltran with the Mets’ seventh run. Chamberlain then fanned pinch-hitter Marlon Anderson to close out the inning.
Giambi singled to open the bottom of the ninth. Cano got an infield single and Cabrera flied out to right fielder Church. Pinch-hitter Shelley Duncan was retired on a foul pop-up to Schneider. Wagner then struck out pinch-hitter Morgan Ensberg to end the game. The Mets had a victory over their cross-city rivals.