Mets End Their Homerun Drought And Win 6-5

An article by posted on June 9, 2009

Game Summary

Wow, one of the best games of the year! The Mets were able to ride high on the strength of three homeruns and Santana’s seven innings pitched to win game one against the Phils 6-5.

Pitching

Johan Santana had a decent start only giving up one hit through the first three innings. He had trouble in the fourth inning giving up back-to-back homeruns to Howard and Ibanez, followed by another two out hit from Rollins. Santana gave up another homerun, a two-run shot from Rollins in the sixth to give up the lead.

Another un-Santana-like start, that is four in a row. Santana was able to give the Mets 7 innings, gave up 5 runs on 8 hits, and 4 homeruns. He struck out an un-Santana like two batters, and walked one on 91 pitches. Santana picks up his eighth win of the season and now has a 2.39 ERA.

Bobby Parnell and Pedro Feliciano combined to throw eight pitches to end the eighth inning.

Best closer in the game!!! Frankie Rodriguez, gave the Mets a shutout ninth inning, striking out two, to get his 16th save of the season. He remains perfect, going 16/16 on the season.

Hitting

Mets offense had a nice early lead thanks to David Wright‘s fourth homerun of the season in the second inning, and a Carlos Beltran two-run homer in the third, his eighth on the season. Ryan Church added to the the Mets lead with his second homerun of the season in the seventh inning. Who says the Mets can’t hit homeruns?

Santana helped himself out with a game tying two-run double in the sixth inning, followed by Alex Cora getting the Mets the lead with an RBI double. 

Additional Info

This Day In Mets History - After being ejected in the game, Bobby Valentine returned to the dugout with a fake mustache and glasses.

Johan Santana has gone 116 innings without allowing a stolen base, dating back to last year.

Ryan Church hit the first ever homerun to go into the Homerun Apple in centerfield.

Citi Field turned into Yankee Stadium with a record 7 homeruns hit in the game.

Game Ball

Church, Wright, and Beltran for their end to the Mets homerun drought.

Up Next

Mike Pelfrey (4-2, 4.85) will pitch game two against the Phillies ace Cole Hamels (4-2, 4.40).

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