September 27, 2009: Misch Shuts Out Marlins

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Date: September 27, 2009
Mets starter: Pat Misch
Mets: 4
Marlins: 0
Winning pitcher: Pat Misch
Key player(s): Pat Misch, Jeff Francoeur, Anderson Hernandez
Key play: Francoeur's home run in 3rd, Hernandez's homer in 5th

The Mets and Marlins completed a three-game series on a Sunday afternoon. Pat Misch took the mound for the Mets and pitched his first major league shutout. The Mets defeated Florida, 4-0, in front of 31,167 fans in Miami.

In the bottom of the first inning, Misch retired the Fish without a run after giving up two leadoff hits. The Mets scored in the top of the second when Jeff Francoeur came home on Josh Thole's sacrifice fly. Francoeur added a two-run homer in the third off Marlins' starter Chris Volstad for a 3-0 Mets lead.

Florida had two runners on base with none out in the bottom of the fourth. Misch got Brett Carroll to hit into a force out and then got a double play grounder off the bat of pinch-hitter Brett Hayes to end the inning. The Mets got another run in the top of the fifth on a home run by Anderson Hernandez off Marlins' reliever Cristhian Martinez.

In the bottom of the fifth, Misch got Cameron Maybin to hit into a double play. Hanley Ramirez followed with a single and Jorge Cantu drew a walk. Misch then got Dan Uggla on an inning-ending fly out to center fielder Angel Pagan and retired the side in order in the bottom of the sixth.

Pat followed up with three more perfect innings to end the game. The Mets had a victory as Pat set down the last 13 Florida batters. It was also Misch's first complete game of his major league career.