NY Sports Dog: Good Morning Mets Fans!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Good Morning Mets Fans!

He is the Ace of Aces, a man among men, and truly the King of the Hill.

Johan Santana is everything a team could want in their #1 starter and more--much more.

He only needed one run....and finally, almost painfully, the Mets got it for him.

He struck out 10 in seven innings of beautiful two-hit ball, and led his team to a 1-0 victory over the first place Phillies.

Johan Santana is now 4-1 with a 0.91 ERA.

"Tonight was a great game, great atmosphere," Santana said. "We did everything the way it's supposed to be done."

"He's great. He brings unbelievable energy to the game - on and off the field," teammate Carlos Delgado said. "He's been awesome. We've been spoiled."

"He's really, really special," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. "This is the most impressive I've seen him."

The Phillies got a surprisingly excellent start from Chan-Ho Park, who was beaten around by the Mets less than a week ago. But truth be told the Mets got a little lucky....one mistake was all it took.

In a strange and exciting play, Phillies third baseman Pedro Feliz threw a ball to first that had no chance of getting Fernando Tatis. The ball skipped way past Ryan Howard, and rightfielder Jayson Werth dashed in to get the ball.

This is where it got strange....Carlos Delgado, who really wasn't running all that fast, just kept chugging around the bases...he rounded second on the throw, and was just rounding third when Werth got to it....Razor Shines had the stop sign up, but Delgado just kept going...and Werth threw home late--way late, allowing Delgado to score the only run of the game.

"Speed kills," Delgado said with a smile.

It was also another big night for the bullpen.

Pedro Feliciano had a great 8th inning punctuated by a huge inning ending strikeout of Ryan Howard.

Frankie Rodriguez came on and closed the 9th for another save--he is now 8 for 8 on the season.

The Mets are now only 1.5 games out of first with the chance to gain a full game tonight.

2009 National League - Standings
Philadelphia1411.560-6-88-3145133+12Lost 17-3
Florida1513.536.56-69-7132142-10Lost 24-6
NY Mets1313.5001.57-66-7119114+5Won 36-4
Atlanta1215.44435-97-6113120-7Won 13-7
Washington718.28075-72-11114145-31Lost 14-6

Tonight Mike Pelfrey is on the hill...should be a blast!

Enjoy your coffee!

Philadelphia (14-11)000000000033
N.Y. Mets (13-13) «00000010x120
Player of the Game
New York
J. Santana IP 7.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 3
K 10

New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4000000 .248
Alex Cora, 2B3000100 .290
Carlos Beltran, CF4000022 .388
Carlos Delgado, 1B1100100 .256
David Wright, 3B2000102 .293
Daniel Murphy, LF3010011 .314
Jeremy Reed, RF2000011 .231
a- Fernando Tatis, PH1010000 .333
Ramon Castro, C0000000 .286
Omir Santos, C2000010 .258
b- Gary Sheffield, PH0000100 .171
Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Johan Santana, P2000010 .000
c- Ryan Church, PH-RF1000012 .268

a-singled for Reed in the 7th
b-walked for Santos in the 7th
c-struck out for Santana in the 7th
2B - Daniel Murphy (3, Park)
SB - Jose Reyes (7, 3rd base off Park/Ruiz)
CS - David Wright (5, 2nd base by Park/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 5
PB - Omir Santos (1)
New York Mets
Johan Santana (W,4-1) 72003100 0.91
Pedro Feliciano (H,4) 1100010 4.09
Francisco Rodriguez (S,8) 1000000 1.42
WP - Pedro Feliciano (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Johan Santana 101-73, Pedro Feliciano 16-11, Francisco Rodriguez 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johan Santana 6-6, Pedro Feliciano 2-0, Francisco Rodriguez 1-2
Batters Faced - Johan Santana 27, Pedro Feliciano 4, Francisco Rodriguez 3

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