October 4, 2009: Figueroa's Season-Ending Shutout
|Date: October 4, 2009|
|Mets starter: Nelson Figueroa|
|Winning pitcher: Nelson Figueroa|
|Key player(s): Nelson Figueroa, Angel Pagan|
|Key play: Figueroa's pitching, Pagan's hits|
The Mets completed their first season at Citi Field on a Sunday afternoon against the Astros. Nelson Figueroa got the start in hope of closing the year with a series sweep. Figueroa turned in a complete game shutout as the Mets defeated Houston, 4-0.
The Mets got a run against Astros' starter Wilton Lopez in the bottom of the third inning. Angel Pagan hit a one-out triple and scored on Luis Castillo's sacrifce fly. In the fourth, the Mets scored twice more on Josh Thole's single that brought home Carlos Beltran and an error by Houston shortstop Miguel Tejada on which Jeremy Reed crossed the plate. The Mets added another run in the fifth when Pagan doubled and later scored on a sacrifice fly by David Wright.
Through five innings, Figueroa had held the Astros scoreless on only three hits. Nelson continued to keep the Houston bats quiet with perfect sixth, seventh and eighth innings. In the ninth, he allowed a two-out single to Lance Berkman before getting Carlos Lee on a fly ball to end the game. The Mets concluded their first season at the new stadium with a standout game by Figueroa that finished off a three-game sweep.
- Following the game, some of the Mets' players threw their caps to the fans. Anderson Hernandez, who was waived the following spring, gave his bat to a fan.