May 18, 2008: Mets Rout Yankees in Bronx
|Date: May 18, 2008|
|Mets starter: Oliver Perez|
|Winning pitcher: Oliver Perez|
|Key player(s): Jose Reyes, Moises Alou, Oliver Perez|
|Key play: Alou's single in 4th, Reyes' homer in 8th|
The Mets faced the Yankees in the Bronx on a Sunday afternoon. In the game, the Mets sent at least nine batters to the plate in two different innings. The offensive outbursts led to an 11-2 win for the Mets.
Oliver Perez held the Yankees hitless for the first three innings. He issued two walks, but retired all other batters. Meanwhile, the Yanks' Chien-Ming Wang started off with three perfect innings.
In the top of the fourth, Jose Reyes doubled off Wang for the first hit of the game. Reyes was tagged out on Marlon Anderson's ground ball and David Wright singled to left field. After Carlos Beltran walked to load the bases, Ryan Church reached on a fielder's choice grounder that brought home Anderson. Moises Alou followed with a single to score Wright and Beltran for two more Met runs.
With Carlos Delgado at bat, a little controversy came about. Delgado hit a fly ball to left field that struck the black base of the pole and was ruled a home run. The umpires huddled and changed the call. After watching a replay, Mets' bench coach Jerry Manuel argued and was ejected from the game. Delgado then got a single to score Church with the Mets' fourth run. The inning ended when Reyes, batting for the second time, flied out to left field.
For the Yanks, Hideki Matsui hit a two-run homer in the fourth. Perez followed up by pitching a scoreless bottom of the fifth. Church then homered off Wang to increase the Mets' lead to 5-2 in the top of the sixth.
Perez retired the Yankees in order in the bottom of the seventh inning. Wright led off the eighth with a double and later scored on Alou's sacrifice fly. Wang was then replaced by Yankee reliever Ross Ohlendorf.
After walking Delgado intentionally, Ohlendorf gave up a single to Brian Schneider that scored Church. Delgado came home on Luis Castillo's single and Reyes followed with a three-run homer. Endy Chavez, the ninth Met batter of the inning, grounded to first base for the third out.
The Yanks were held scoreless without a hit in the eighth and ninth innings. The Mets had a blowout victory. It was the second triumph in as many days for the Mets over their cross-city rivals.