May 7, 2009: Early Slugging Buries Phils

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Date: May 7, 2009
Mets starter: Mike Pelfrey
Mets: 7
Phillies: 5
Winning pitcher: Mike Pelfrey
Key player(s): Carlos Beltran, David Wright, Jose Reyes, Ramon Castro
Key play: Mets’ three homers, Castro’s double

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Thursday night at Citi Field. The teams played in front of 37,295 fans on hand. The Mets pounded out five extra-base hits in the first three innings in a 7-5 win over Philadelphia.

Jimmie Rollins singled against Mets’ starter Mike Pelfrey to lead off the top of the first inning. Shane Victorino flied out to center fielder Carlos Beltran and a ground out by Chase Utley to second baseman Luis Castillo moved Rollins to second. Ryan Howard hit a double to drive home Rollins with the first run of the game. A single by Jayson Werth advanced Howard to third base. Pelfrey then retired Raul Ibanez on an inning-ending ground ball to first baseman Carlos Delgado.

Castillo drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the first. Luis stole second base and Beltran hit a two-run homer. Delgado followed with a double to right field and David Wright homered to increase the Mets’ lead to 4-1. Gary Sheffield drew a walk and Fernando Tatis flied out to center fielder Victorino. Phils’ starter Jamie Moyer got Ramon Castro to ground out to shortstop Rollins and end the inning. Pelfrey then pitched a scoreless top of the second.

With one out in the bottom of the second inning, Jose Reyes homered for the Mets’ fifth run. Moyer retired Castillo on a fly ball to right fielder Werth and got Beltran on a grounder to third baseman Pedro Feliz for the third out. Pelfrey set down all three Philadelphia batters in the top of the third inning and Moyer hit Delgado with a pitch to open the bottom half. Wright singled to center field and Sheffield popped out to second baseman Utley. An infield single by Tatis loaded the bases. Castro hit a double to score Delgado and Wright for a 7-1 Mets lead. Phillies’ reliever J. A. Happ then got Pelfrey to ground out to Rollins and threw a called third strike past Reyes for the inning’s final out.

Werth hit a leadoff single and stole second base in the top of the fourth. Ibanez followed with a single to drive home Werth. Feliz hit a ground ball to shortstop Reyes on which Ibanez was forced out at second. Carlos Ruiz grounded to Castillo for a double play that ended the inning. The Mets failed to score despite two singles against Happ in the bottom half. Pelfrey retired the Phils in order in the top of the fifth. Happ then set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning.

Howard homered with one out in the top of the sixth to reduce the Mets’ lead to 7-3. Werth doubled and advanced to third base on Ibanez’s ground out to Delgado. Pelfrey got Feliz on a grounder to Castillo to close out the inning and Happ pitched a perfect bottom half. Pelfrey set down the Phils 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. Philadelphia reliever Clay Condrey then hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning.

Victorino singled against the Mets’ Pedro Feliciano to begin the top of the eighth. Utley grounded out to Castillo after which Victorino escaped a rundown and reached second base on an error by Reyes. Howard was retired on a ground ball to Castillo as Victorino moved to third. Werth homered to cut the Mets’ lead to two runs. Feliciano retired Ibanez on an inning-ending grounder to Reyes. Castro singled against Condrey to open the bottom half. Phillies’ reliever Jack Taschner then set down the next three batters to finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever Francisco Rodriguez got Feliz on a fly ball to left fielder Tatis to start the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Miguel Cairo grounded out to Reyes and a walk to pinch-hitter Matt Stairs ensued. Stairs advanced to second base on defensive indifference. Rodriguez then retired Rollins on a pop-up to Castillo to end the game. The Mets had a victory over the defending world champions for the second day in a row.