May 29, 2012: Hefner Homers in First Major League Win

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Date: May 29, 2012
Mets starter: Jeremy Hefner
Mets: 6
Phillies: 3
Winning pitcher: Jeremy Hefner
Key player(s): Jeremy Hefner, Scott Hairston, Omar Quintanilla, Mike Baxter
Key play: Quintanilla’s and Baxter’s doubles, Hefner’s and Hairston’s home runs

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Tuesday night at Citi Field. The teams played a game that included a rain delay of more than an hour. Jeremy Hefner recorded his first major league win and hit a home run in a 6-3 Mets victory over Philadelphia.

Jimmie Rollins led off the top of the first inning with a double to right field. Rollins advanced to third base on Juan Pierre’s sacrifice bunt and scored on a wild pitch. Hunter Pence went down on strikes and Ty Wigginton singled to center field. Mets’ starter Hefner then retired Shane Victorino on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

Phils’ starter Joe Blanton hit Mike Baxter with a pitch to begin the bottom of the first. Nieuwenhuis singled to move Baxter to third base and Mike came home on a single by David Wright to tie the game. Lucas Duda flied out to center fielder Victorino and a force play ground ball by Daniel Murphy ensued. Ike Davis singled to drive home Nieuwenhuis and put the Mets ahead, 2-1. Murphy advanced to third on a wild pitch. Blanton then got Mike Nickeas on a grounder back to the mound to end the inning.

With two outs in the top of the second, Brian Schneider homered to retie the game for Philadelphia. Hefner retired Blanton on a ground ball back to himself for the inning’s third out and Omar Quintanilla doubled in his first at bat as a Met to open the bottom half. A sacrifice bunt by Hefner moved Quintanilla to third base. Baxter followed with a double to bring home Omar and give the Mets a 3-2 lead. Nieuwenhuis grounded out to first baseman Wigginton to move Baxter to third. Blanton then got Wright on a pop-up to shortstop Rollins to close out the inning.

Hefner and Blanton each set down the side in order in the third. Jeremy held the Phillies to a single by Placido Polanco in a scoreless top of the fourth and came to bat with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Hefner connected for his first major league hit – a solo home run over the wall down the left field line. Baxter took a called third strike for the third out and Hefner pitched a perfect top of the fifth. The Mets loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom half. Blanton then got Nickeas to ground out to Rollins and end the inning.

Pierre singled to lead off the top of the sixth. Pence followed with a double on which Pierre advanced to third base. On the play, left fielder Baxter made an error that allowed Pierre to score the Phils’ third run with Pence moving on to third. Wigginton grounded out to first baseman Davis and a strikeout of Victorino ensued. Hefner then retired Polanco on an inning-ending fly ball to Baxter.

Quintanilla hit his second double to begin the bottom of the sixth inning. Pinch-hitter Scott Hairston followed with a home run to increase the Mets’ lead to three runs. Blanton was replaced on the mound by Philadelphia’s Raul Valdes, who set down the next three batters to end the inning. Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh and the Phils’ Jacob Diekman pitched a perfect bottom half. Rollins singled against the Mets’ Jon Rauch to open the top of the eighth. Rauch then set down three straight Phillies batters to finish off the inning.

Following the rain delay, Philadelphia reliever Joe Savery limited the Mets to a single by Quintanilla in a scoreless bottom of the eighth. For the Mets, Frank Francisco got Victorino to fly out to left fielder Vinny Rottino to start the top of the ninth. Polonco singled and Freddy Galvis took a called third strike. A pair of defensive indifferences allowed Polanco to move to second and third base. Francisco then got Schneider on a called third strike to end the game. The Mets had a victory as Hefner chalked up his first major league win, which included his own homer.

Notes

  • Quintanilla became the first player with a surname beginning with the letter Q to appear in a game for the Mets on this night.