September 24, 2011: Pascucci and Wright Come Up Big
|Date: September 24, 2011|
|Mets starter: R.A. Dickey|
|Winning pitcher: Bobby Parnell|
|Key player(s): R.A. Dickey, Val Pascucci, David Wright|
|Key play: Pascucci’s home run, Wright’s double|
The Mets faced the Phillies in a doubleheader on a Saturday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played a two-hour and twenty-seven-minute opener of the twinbill. Valentino Pascucci and David Wright came through with key hits to lift the Mets to a 2-1 win over Philadelphia.
R.A. Dickey and the Phils’ Cole Hamels each pitched scoreless ball from the first inning to the sixth. Dickey surrendered only a sixth-inning walk to Carlos Ruiz while the Mets came up empty with three singles and three walks against Hamels. With one out in the top of the seventh, Shane Victorino doubled for the Phillies’ first hit of the game. An ensuing single by Ryan Howard scored Victorino for a 1-0 Philadelphia lead. Howard advanced to second base on a wild pitch and to third on a single by Raul Ibanez. Dickey then got John Mayberry to hit a ground ball to shortstop Jose Reyes for an inning-ending double play.
Willie Harris went down on strikes to begin the bottom of the seventh inning. Mike Nickeas flied out to center fielder Victorino. Pinch-hitter Pascucci slugged a home run to tie the game. Hamels got pinch-hitter Ronny Paulino on a grounder to shortstop Jimmie Rollins that ended the inning and Ruiz singled against Mets’ reliever Miguel Batista to lead off the top of the eighth. Wilson Valdez’s sacrifice bunt moved Ruiz to second base and pinch-hitter Hunter Pence was called out on strikes. Rollins was given an intentional walk. New York’s Bobby Parnell then retired Placido Polanco on a ground ball to first baseman Joshua Satin for the inning’s final out.
Phils’ reliever Brad Lidge got Reyes on a line drive to Victorino to open the bottom of the eighth inning. Ruben Tejada singled and stole second base. Wright followed with a double that drove home Tejada and put the Mets ahead by a run. David stole third as Satin was struck out. Lidge then retired Nick Evans on a grounder to Rollins to close out the inning.
Mets’ reliever Manny Acosta got Victorino on a grounder to Satin to start the top of the ninth. Howard went down on strikes and Ibanez singled to right field. Mayberry drew a walk and Acosta retired Ruiz on a fly ball to center fielder Harris to end the game. The Mets had a victory to begin the doubleheader.