May 25, 2010: Dickey and Valdes Blank Phillies

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Date: May 25, 2010
Mets starter: R.A. Dickey
Mets: 8
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: R.A. Dickey
Key player(s): R.A. Dickey, Raul Valdes, Jeff Francoeur, Jose Reyes
Key play: Ruiz’s double play, Mets’ RBI hits

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Tuesday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. R.A. Dickey and Raul Valdes combined on a shutout in an 8-0 Mets win over Philadelphia.

Dickey pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Jose Reyes singled against Phils’ starter Jamie Moyer to lead off the bottom half. Reyes advanced to second base on Luis Castillo’s sacrifice bunt and stole third. Jason Bay grounded out to shortstop Juan Castro to bring home Reyes with the first run of the game. Moyer then retired Ike Davis on a fly ball to center fielder Shane Victorino for the third out.

Ryan Howard singled to open the top of the second. Jayson Werth hit a single and a single by Raul Ibanez loaded the bases. Carlos Ruiz hit a ground ball on which Dickey threw to catcher Rod Barajas for a force out at home on Howard. Barajas followed up with a throw to first baseman Davis for a double play. Castro drew a walk to load the bases once again. Dickey then struck out Moyer to end the inning.

Angel Pagan got a one-out single in the bottom of the second. Pagan moved to third base on Barajas’s single and scored on a single by Jeff Francoeur. Dickey’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third and Reyes grounded out to third baseman Placido Polanco to finish off the inning. The Phillies loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the third. Dickey got Ibanez to line out to shortstop Reyes and end the inning. Moyer then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

Dickey hurled a perfect top of the fourth. David Wright hit a leadoff double in the bottom of the inning. Pagan drew a walk and Wright went to third base after Barajas’s fly out to Victorino. Francoeur followed with a sacrifice fly to score Wright and increase the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Dickey flied out to right fielder Werth to end the inning and yielded only a single to Polanco in the top of the fifth. To begin the bottom half, Reyes got a bunt single and stole second. Jose went to third on Castillo’s ground out to Castro and came home on Bay’s single for a four-run New York lead. Bay stole second and Davis drew a walk. Moyer then retired both Wright and Pagan on outfield fly balls to close out the inning.

Ibanez and Ruiz got back-to-back singles with one out in the top of the sixth. Dickey retired Castro on a line drive to Davis and struck out pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs to end the inning. With one out in the bottom half, Francoeur doubled against Philadelphia reliever David Herndon. Pinch-hitter Chris Carter singled to score Francoeur and extend the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Herndon retired Reyes on a fly ball to Werth and got Castillo to hit an inning-ending force play grounder to Polanco. Valdes pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. Herndon then set down the Mets on three straight infield ground balls in the bottom half.

Valdes surrendered just a walk to Castro in the top of the eighth. Barajas hit a one-out single against Phillies’ reliever Nelson Figueroa in the bottom of the inning. Francoeur lined out to left fielder Ibanez and a double by Valdes brought home Barajas. Reyes tripled to score Valdes and came home with the Mets eighth run on a single by Castillo. Figueroa then got Bay to ground out to Polanco and finish off the inning.

Victorino popped out to second baseman Castillo to begin the top of the ninth. Polanco singled and Chase Utley hit a force play ground ball to Davis. Valdes then struck out Howard to end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory to start the series.