May 26, 2010: Mets Shut Out Phils Again

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Date: May 26, 2010
Mets starter: Hisanori Takahashi
Mets: 5
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Hisanori Takahashi
Key player(s): Hisanori Takahashi, Jose Reyes, Rod Barajas
Key play: Reyes’ home run and single, Barajas’s sacrifice fly and double

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Wednesday night at Citi Field. The teams played the second of three games in a series. The Mets recorded their second shutout in as many nights with a 5-0 win.

After a scoreless first inning, Mets’ starter Hisanori Takahashi yielded only a double to Ben Francisco in the top of the second. Ike Davis doubled against the Phils’ Joe Blanton to lead off the bottom half. David Wright went down on strikes and Angel Pagan singled to send Davis to third base. Pagan stole second and Rod Barajas hit a sacrifice fly to score Davis. Jeff Francoeur was given an intentional walk and Takahashi flied out to left fielder Francisco to end the inning.

Takahashi pitched a perfect top of the third. Jose Reyes hit a home run to begin the bottom half. Luis Castillo drew a walk and Jason Bay popped out to first baseman Ryan Howard. Castillo stole second base and Davis drew a walk. Blanton got Wright to fly out to Francisco and retired Pagan on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Chase Utley. Takahashi gave up just a single to Placido Polanco in the top of the fourth. Blanton then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Takahashi held the Phillies to a single by Wilson Valdez in the top of the fifth. Blanton hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning and Shane Victorino singled to open the top of the sixth. Victorino advanced to second base on Polanco’s ground out to third baseman Wright. Utley followed with a single to send Victorino to third. Takahashi then fanned Howard and retired Jayson Werth on a fly ball to right fielder Francoeur to close out the inning.

Wright hit a leadoff double against Blanton in the bottom of the sixth. Pagan followed with a bunt single and stole second base. Barajas hit a double to drive home Wright and Pagan, increasing the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Francoeur flied out to Francisco and pinch-hitter Alex Cora reached on an error by Utley. Reyes singled against Philadelphia reliever Chad Durbin to plate Barajas with the Mets’ fifth run of the game. Castillo grounded out to Utley to advance the runners to second and third. Durbin then got Bay to ground out to third baseman Polanco and end the inning.

Francisco singled against Mets’ reliever Jenrry Mejia to begin the top of the seventh. Valdez flied out to right fielder Francoeur and a wild pitch moved Francisco to second base. Brian Schneider grounded out to first baseman Davis to send Francisco to third. Pinch-hitter Raul Ibanez grounded back to Mejia for the inning’s third out and the Phils’ Antonio Bastardo pitched a perfect bottom half. New York’s Ryota Igarashi yielded just a single to Polanco in the top of the eighth. Philadelphia’s Nelson Figueroa then retired the side in order in the bottom of the inning.

Mets’ reliever Fernando Nieve threw a called third strike past Werth to start the top of the ninth. Francisco was retired on a ground ball to Wright. Nieve then got pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs to line out to shortstop Reyes and bring the game to an end. The Mets had their second straight shutout over the Phillies.