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Daily Mets Recap: September 8th, 2008, Game 2
by: Chuck Buono, Howard Megdal and Eric Simon on Sep 8, 2008 10:52 AM | Filed under: Game Recaps

The Game

Johan Santana, Carlos Delgado, and the New York Mets took the crucial second game of Sunday’s day night doubleheader at Shea Stadium against the Philadelphia Phillies by the score of 6-3. The victory kept New York from slipping into a first place tie with the Phils.

After the collapse of ’07, New York’s lack of an ace was viewed as the primary reason for the Mets’ being an unable to stop the bleeding during their September swoon. So, Omar and company added Johan Santana and his impressive resume to a staff that sorely needed him. After losing the first two games of their series with the Phillies and seeing their three game lead shrink to just one, Santana took the hill for his biggest start as a member of the Mets. This is why they got him. And Johan did not disappoint. After running into some first inning trouble (which included a Ryan Howard RBI single), Santana settled down. Johan would pitch into the eighth inning while allowing just two runs on five hits (the second run coming on a Ryan Howard opposite field homer) to go with three walks and six strikeouts in picking up his 13th victory of the season).

While Santana was doing his thing, the dormant Met offense woke up against Phillie ace Cole Hamels. Carlos Beltran tied the game with an RBI single in the bottom of the first. Later in the frame, Carlos Delgado came up with runners on second and third and two out. Carlos deli vered a two run single up the middle to put New York up 3-1, but he was far from finished. In his next two at bats, Delgado crushed (and I mean crushed) two solo homers off Hamels in the third and fifth innings to give New York a 5-2 lead. At the risk of sounding redundant, I will ask the same questions that Met fans have been asking for the better part of two months. Where did this Carlos Delgado come from? And where would this team be without him? Delgado now has 33 home runs and an even 100 RBI on the season.

Brian Schneider extended New York’s lead to 6-2 in the bottom of the eighth with a sac fly. The Phils added a run in the top of the ninth against Luis Ayala, but the Mets came away with an extremely important victory. As they have for the better part of the summer, the Mets came out with a win when their backs were against the wall. Monday brings an off day before the Amazins open up a two game series against the Washington Nationals at Shea on Tuesday.

 

The Haiku

Johan heroic
Delgado sends Phils’ sweep hopes
Deep into the night

 

The Boxscore

Philadelphia AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Rollins, SS 5 0 0 0 0 1 3 .270
Utley, 2B 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 .289
Werth, RF 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 .277
Howard, 1B 4 1 2 2 0 0 1 .237
Burrell, LF 3 0 0 0 1 2 3 .253
Victorino, CF 4 1 1 0 0 0 3 .280
Feliz, 3B 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .250
  b-Dobbs, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .299
Coste, C 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .270
  c-Stairs, PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .252
  1-Iguchi, PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .231
Hamels, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .243
  Condrey, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333
  a-Ruiz, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .227
  Seanez, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  d-Tracy, PH 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000
Totals 33 3 7 3 3 7 14  

a-Grounded into a forceout for Condrey in the 7th. b-Flied out for Feliz in the 9th. c-Singled for Coste in the 9th. d-Hit a sacrifice fly for Seanez in the 9th.
1-Ran for Stairs in the 9th.


BATTING
2B: Werth (14, Santana).
HR: Howard (40, 3rd inning off Santana, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Utley; Werth 2; Howard 5; Victorino; Feliz; Stairs.
RBI: Howard 2 (121), Tracy (1).
2-out RBI: Howard.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Victorino; Burrell.
SF: Tracy.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
E: Coste (3, catcher interference), Utley (13, missed catch).

 
NY Mets AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Reyes, J, SS 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 .299
Church, RF 4 1 2 0 0 1 0 .296
Wright, 3B 3 1 0 0 0 1 3 .289
Beltran, CF 4 1 1 1 0 1 3 .277
Delgado, 1B 4 2 3 4 0 1 0 .261
Tatis, LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .283
  Chavez, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .272
Easley, 2B 4 1 2 0 0 1 1 .272
Schneider, C 2 0 1 1 1 1 0 .259
Santana, P 3 0 1 0 0 1 3 .136
  Feliciano, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Stokes, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667
  a-Anderson, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .219
  Ayala, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 34 6 10 6 1 9 11  

a-Struck out for Stokes in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Easley (9, Hamels).
3B: Easley (2, Seanez).
HR: Delgado 2 (33, 3rd inning off Hamels, 0 on, 0 out; 5th inning off Hamels, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Church 2; Beltran; Delgado 9; Easley 5; Schneider; Santana.
RBI: Beltran (98), Delgado 4 (100), Schneider (33).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Beltran 2; Santana.
SF: Schneider.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
E: Schneider (5, throw).

 
Philadelphia IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hamels (L, 12-9) 5.0 9 5 4 1 6 2 3.12
Condrey 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.38
Seanez 2.0 1 1 1 0 2 0 3.66
 
NY Mets IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Santana (W, 13-7) 7.1 5 2 2 3 6 1 2.70
Feliciano (H, 20) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.78
Stokes (H, 2) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.35
Ayala 1.0 2 1 0 0 1 0 5.32

IBB: Schneider (by Hamels).
Pitches-strikes: Hamels 110-70, Condrey 9-7, Seanez 29-18, Santana 116-71, Feliciano 3-2, Stokes 1-1, Ayala 13-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: Hamels 4-5, Condrey 2-0, Seanez 1-3, Santana 8-8, Feliciano 1-0, Stokes 1-0, Ayala 0-2.
Batters faced: Hamels 27, Condrey 3, Seanez 7, Santana 30, Feliciano 1, Stokes 1, Ayala 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Feliciano 1-0, Stokes 1-0.
EjectionsPhiladelphia Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel ejected by HP umpire Jerry Meals. (1st).
Umpires: HP: Jerry Meals. 1B: Gary Darling. 2B: Paul Emmel. 3B: Kevin Causey.
Weather: 78 degrees, clear.
Wind: 10 mph, Out to RF.
T: 2:49.
Att: 54,980.
September 7, 2008

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner

The Win Probability Added Graph


The Credits

Recap by Chuck Buono
Haiku by Howard Megdal


One Response to “Daily Mets Recap: September 8th, 2008, Game 2”

  1. Comment posted by griffyusc on September 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm (#835647)

    The Mets just whacked Billy Wagner with their stupid @$$ medical staff. Rushing him they caused him to tear stuff in his elbow that wasn’t there before. Sometimes its just best to shelve people for the year, can we say John Maine go get operated on.

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