In yet another spectacular performance, Johan Santana dazzled a packed house at Citi Field by combining with Pedro Feliciano and Francisco Rodriguez on a 3 hit shutout of the Phillies on Wednesday night. It was a classic pitchers duel with the lone run being scored by Carlos Delgado thanks to a throwing error by Pedro Feliz.
Johan Santana was absolutely brilliant and improved his record to 4-1. Fresh off of winning his second straight Pitcher of the Month award, Santana started May with one of his most dominating performances to date.
He allowed two hits and three walks and struck out 10 Phillies including five in the first two innings. Santana lowered his league leading ERA to 0.93 after pitching his second 1-0 win of the young season.
Pedro Feliciano came into the game in the eighth and was great, allowing only one hit. Frankie Rodriguez closed the game out with a perfect ninth and got his third save in three straight appearances. He now is eight for eight in save opportunities.
Not much to tell as the Mets totaled all of two hits, one by Dan Murphy and a clutch hit by Fernando Tatis.
Tatis was called upon to pinch hit for Jeremy Reed and he delivered a single that scored Carlos Delgado after Feliz threw the ball away allowing Tatis to end up at third base.
This game was an edge of your seat thriller from beginning to end. For me, it was easily one of the best games of the season.
The Mets couldn’t buy a hit tonight, but they did take full advantage of the three errors by the Phillies and eventually scored an unearned run in the seventh to break the scoreless deadlock.
Johan Santana has now started five of the Mets’ last six shutouts, including two 1-0 games this season. I feel so privileged just watching Santana whenever he takes the mound. You just have to stop everything you’re doing and watch every pitch because something this special only comes along once in a lifetime or every 20 years. The 60’s had Seaver, the 80’s Gooden, but the 2000’s belong to Santana.
Johan “The Warrior” Santana
Mike Pelfrey gets the ball on Thursday as the Mets try to complete the sweep and win their 4th straight game. LGM