May 6, 2009: Santana Leads Shutout of Phils

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Date: May 6, 2009
Mets starter: Johan Santana
Mets: 1
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Johan Santana
Key player(s): Johan Santana, Francisco Rodriguez, Pedro Feliciano
Key play: Feliz’s error

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Wednesday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a two-game series. Johan Santana and two relievers teamed up for a shutout in a 1-0 Mets win over Philadelphia.

Santana and the Phils’ Chan Ho Park each pitched one-hit scoreless ball from the first inning to the sixth. Johan gave up a single to Jimmy Rollins and recorded nine strikeouts while Park yielded a double to Daniel Murphy and faced twenty-one batters. Raul Ibanez doubled to lead off the top of the seventh. Pedro Feliz was retired on a pop-up to catcher Omir Santos. Santana then got Carlos Ruiz on a ground ball to shortstop Jose Reyes and fanned pinch-hitter Eric Bruntlett to close out the inning.

Carlos Delgado drew a walk against Phillies’ reliever Scott Eyre to lead off the bottom of the seventh. Eyre set down the next two hitters on outfield fly balls and an infield single by pinch-hitter Fernando Tatis against Philadelphia’s Chad Durbin ensued. On his own hit, Tatis advanced to third base and Delgado came home via an error by third baseman Feliz. Pinch-hitter Gary Sheffield walked and pinch-hitter Ryan Church went down on strikes to close out the inning. Mets’ reliever Pedro Feliciano gave up only a double to Shane Victorino in the top of the eighth. Durbin then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Francisco Rodriguez retired Jayson Werth on a grounder to third baseman David Wright to begin the top of the ninth. Ibanez flied out to center fielder Carlos Beltran. Rodriguez then got pinch-hitter Matt Stairs on a fly ball to Beltran for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory to start the series.