Johan Santana Pitches A Shutout, Mets Win 4-0

An article by posted on August 17, 2008

Oh yeah… Here come the Mets!

Johan Santana pitched a three-hit shutout as the Mets beat the Pirates 4-0 on Sunday. 

It was the fifth career shutout of Santana’s career, and it extended the Mets winning streak to six straight games, and 10 of their last 13.

Santana started the game by retiring the first ten hitters and completely dominated the Pirates all day. He improved his record to 11-7.

It’s interesting to note that the last time Santana pitched a shutout it was on June 19, 2007, when he pitched one against the Mets in interleague play.

Offensively, the Mets got home runs from Brian Schneider and Carlos Beltran, and rookie Argenis Reyes had three hits for the Mets. Schneider drove in all but one of the Mets runs.

Luckily, the Mets were able to rest their weary bullpen after learning that Billy Wagner may be out a lot longer than first thought. In an attempt to bolster the bullpen they acquired Washington Nationals reliever Luis Ayala before the game. Ayala, was always highly regarded, but has had a tough season this year. Hopefully the change of scenery will do him good. It was a low risk/high reward move for Minaya who always seems to come out on top with these types of deals.

David Wright got a day off today, with Damion Easley playing third and batting third.

John Maine takes the mound tomorrow as the Mets go for the four game sweep of the Bucs in an afternoon affair. Lets Go Mets!

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