September 7, 2008: Delgado Leads Mets to DH Split

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Date: September 7, 2008
Mets starter: Johan Santana
Mets: 6
Phillies: 3
Winning pitcher: Johan Santana
Key player(s): Johan Santana, Carlos Delgado, Carlos Beltran
Key play: Delgado’s single and two homers

The Mets and Phillies faced each other in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon. After dropping the opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium, the Mets aimed for a split in the second game. Carlos Delgado drove in four runs in a 6-3 Mets win over Philadelphia.

Chase Utley hit a single against Mets’ starter Johan Santana with one out in the top of the first inning. Jayson Werth drew a walk and Ryan Howard singled to drive home Utley. Santana struck out Pat Burrell and retired Shane Victorino on a fly ball to center fielder Carlos Beltran for the third out. Ryan Church got a one-out single against the Phils’ Cole Hamels in the bottom half. David Wright reached on catcher Chris Coste’s interference and Beltran singled to bring home Church. On his own hit, Beltran advanced to second base as Wright went to third via a throw. Delgado followed with a single that plated Wright and Beltran for a 3-1 Mets lead. Hamels then got Fernando Tatis to hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Jimmie Rollins and fanned Damion Easley to close out the inning.

After a scoreless second, Howard hit a solo home run with two outs in the top of the third. Santana struck out Burrell to end the inning and Delgado homered to lead off the bottom half. Tatis was retired on a line drive to center fielder Victorino. Easley lined out to Rollins and single by Brian Schneider ensued. Santana hit a force play grounder to third baseman Pedro Feliz to finish off the inning and set down the side in order in the top of the fourth. Hamels then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Santana retired the Phillies 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Delgado slugged his second homer of the game for a 5-2 Mets lead. Tatis grounded out to Feliz and a double by Easley followed. Hamels issued an intentional walk to Schneider and fanned Santana for the inning’s final out. Johan surrendered only a walk to Burrell in the top of the sixth. Philadelphia reliever Clay Condrey then retired all three batters in the bottom half.

Santana hurled a scoreless top of the seventh. Phils’ reliever Rudy Seanez pitched a perfect bottom of the inning and Werth hit a one-out double against Santana in the top of the eighth. Mets’ reliever Pedro Feliciano retired Howard on a ground ball to first baseman Delgado that sent Werth to third base. New York’s Brian Stokes got Burrell on an inning-ending grounder to shortstop Jose Reyes and a triple by Easley opened the bottom half. Schneider followed with a sacrifice fly to score Easley and extend the Mets’ lead to 6-2. Seanez then struck out pinch-hitter Marlon Anderson and retired Reyes on a ground ball to first baseman Howard to end the inning.

Victorino got an infield single against Mets’ reliever Luis Ayala to begin the top of the ninth. On his own hit, Victorino moved to second base via an error by catcher Schneider. Pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs flied out to Beltran and a single by pinch-hitter Matt Stairs advanced Victorino to third. Pinch-hitter Andy Tracy hit a sacrifice fly that brought home Victorino with the Phillies’ third run. Ayala then struck out Rollins to end the game. The Mets had a victory and a split of the doubleheader.