May 2, 2010: Santana's Worst Career Start
|Date: May 2, 2010|
|Mets starter: Johan Santana|
|Winning pitcher: Jamie Moyer|
|Key player(s): Johan Santana, Shane Victorino|
|Key play: Phillies' two-out nine-run fourth|
The Mets were looking to take two of three in their first series against the Philadelphia Phillies of 2010. However, their ace Johan Santana would make his worst career start, allowing 10 runs on eight hits in just 3 2/3 innings as the Mets fell 11-5.
The Mets struck early versus Phillies starter Jamie Moyer. In the top of the first, after Gary Matthews Jr. grounded out, Luis Castillo singled to right. After Jose Reyes flew out, Jason Bay hit an infield single before David Wright homered to put the Mets up 3-0. Fernando Tatis doubled before Jeff Francoeur grounded out to end the inning. In the bottom of the inning, Shane Victorino popped up to short before Placido Polanco homered to make it 3-1 Mets. Chase Utley grounded out to first before Ryan Howard homered to make it 3-2 Mets. Jayson Werth then flew out to end the inning.
In the top of the fourth, Moyer struck out Fernando Tatis before hitting Jeff Francoeur with a pitch. He stole second before Rod Barajas homered to give the Mets a 5-2 lead. Moyer then struck out Johan Santana and got Gary Matthews, Jr. to ground out to end the inning. In the bottom of the fourth, Chase Utley hit a leadoff double. After Ryan Howard flew out, Jayson Werth grounded out to move Utley to third. Raul Ibanez then singled to score Utley, making it a 5-3 game. Juan Castro then singled before Carlos Ruiz and Jamie Moyer walked to load the bases and make it 5-4 game. Shane Victorino then hit a grand slam to deep left, putting the Phillies up 8-5. Placido Polanco then walked before Utley, in his second at-bat of the inning, homered to put the Phillies up 10-5. Hisanori Takahashi relieved Johan Santana and allowed a single to Howard, who scored on Werth's double to give the Phillies an 11-5 lead, before Ibanez grounded out to end the inning. Neither team scored after that.