September 27, 2008: Santana Shuts Out Marlins

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Date: September 27, 2008
Mets starter: Johan Santana
Mets: 2
Marlins: 0
Winning pitcher: Johan Santana
Key player(s): Johan Santana
Key play: Delgado's sacrifice fly, Martinez's double

On the brink of elimination from the National League East Division race, the Mets had Johan Santana on the mound to face the Marlins. In Shea Stadium's penultimate game, Santana tossed a three-hit shutout. The Mets came away with a 2-0 win.

Over the first four innings, Johan struck out five Florida batters. He also retired nine in a row after a two-out single by Jorge Cantu in the first. In the fourth, Santana walked Josh Willingham before getting Dan Uggla on a ground out to third baseman David Wright to end the inning.

The Mets got both of their runs against Florida starter Ricky Nolasco. A sacrifice fly by Carlos Delgado brought home Jose Reyes in the first and Ramon Martinez doubled to score Daniel Murphy in the fourth. The Mets were then held down by Nolasco, who recorded ten strikeouts in seven innings pitched.

In the fifth, the Marlins loaded the bases with two out. Santana got John Baker on a liner to right field for the final out of the inning. Johan then retired the Marlins in order in each of the next three innings.

Willingham doubled off Santana with one out in the ninth. Johan followed up by striking out Uggla and got Cody Ross on a fly ball to end the game. The Mets had kept their slim hopes for a division title alive on Santana's complete game shutout.

Notes

  • Later in the day, the Phillies defeated the Washington Nationals to clinch the National League East Division championship.
  • Santana's strikeout of Uggla in the ninth gave him a total of 206 for the season, breaking Jon Matlack's team record for lefthanders. Matlack struck out 205 batters in 1973.