The 490th consecutive sellout crowd at Fenway Park witnessed the visiting Mets defeat the Red Sox by a score of 5-3. Â The victory snapped a 4 game losing streak for the Mets.
Tonight Johan Santana responded to adversity by striking people out. Â In the first inning, with 2 runners on and none out, Santana proceeded to strike out David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis before inducing a Jason Bay grounder to end the inning. Â In the second inning, after a Jason Varitek solo home run, Santana struck out Julio Lugo to end that inning. Â After a one out double by Dustin Pedroia in the third inning, Santana ‘struck’ again, getting David Ortiz looking before Kevin Youkilis swung and missed to end the frame. Â After hitting Youkilis with a pitch with two outs in the fifth, Santana struck out Jason Bay to end that inning. Â Trouble? Â Meet strike out.
Daniel Murphy checked the lineup card and found that he was leading off for the first time in his major league career. Â He responded by striking out swinging at a pitch which, had he not swung and instead stood on the plate, would have hit him in the ear. Â He did later successfully execute a sacrifice bunt so the night was not a total loss.
The Mets made 3 errors in the game, 2 by new fan favorite SS Ramon Martinez, and 1 by 3B David Wright. As a team the Mets have made 35 errors this season, with an astounding 11 of those committed in games started by Johan Santana. Â Martinez now has 4 errors in 4 games played for the Mets this season.
Gary Sheffield homered in the second inning. Â It was his 3rd of the season, and the 502nd of his career. Â Later in the game Jason Varitek also homered, his 8th of the season and the 169th of his career. Â Good luck catching him Jason.
David Wright’s RBI single in the 4th inning gave him a 13 game hitting streak. Â I think he looks better in a baseball cap, but that’s just me.
Johan Santana hit Kevin Youkilis on the elbow in the 5th inning. Â Words were exchanged between them, but cooler heads prevailed and the dugouts never emptied. Â Perhaps Johan will send Youkilis a bottle of Watkins liniment, the official liniment of Johan Santana.
I just wanted to throw this picture in. Â Tomorrow night at 7:10 pm on SNY, the series continues with Mike Pelfrey (4-1, 4.61) versus Josh Beckett (4-2, 5.85). Â Tonight’s box score courtesy Yahoo.com.
|D. Murphy 1b||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.256|
|R. Church rf||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.272|
|A. Pagan rf||1||0||1||1||0||0||1||.400|
|C. Beltran dh||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.367|
|G. Sheffield lf||3||2||1||1||1||1||2||.257|
|D. Wright 3b||3||0||1||1||1||0||0||.362|
|J. Reed cf||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.324|
|O. Santos c||4||0||1||1||0||2||2||.254|
|R. Martinez ss||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.062|
|L. Castillo 2b||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.278|
|J. Ellsbury cf||5||0||1||0||0||0||3||.299|
|D. Pedroia 2b||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.323|
|D. Ortiz dh||4||0||0||0||0||3||4||.205|
|K. Youkilis 1b||3||0||0||0||0||3||3||.390|
|J. Bay lf||3||0||0||0||1||1||3||.295|
|J.D. Drew rf||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.258|
|M. Lowell 3b||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.288|
|J. Varitek c||4||1||1||2||0||0||0||.237|
|J. Lugo ss||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.274|
|J. Santana (W, 6-2)||7.0||6||3||2||1||8||1||1.50|
|B. Parnell (H, 8)||1.0||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.86|
|F. Rodriguez (S, 12)||1.0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.87|
|D. Matsuzaka (L, 0-2)||5.0||5||4||4||2||4||1||10.32|
|HBP – K Youkilis (by J Santana).|
|Pitches-strikes – J Santana 118-79; R Parnell 11-7; F Rodriguez 12-7; D Matsuzaka 80-50; J Masterson 42-28; D Bard 11-6.|
|Ground balls-fly balls – J Santana 8-6; R Parnell 1-1; F Rodriguez 0-3; D Matsuzaka 6-5; J Masterson 3-2; D Bard 1-2.|
|Batters faced – J Santana 31; R Parnell 3; F Rodriguez 3; D Matsuzaka 22; J Masterson 12; D Bard 3.|
|Umpires: HP–Paul Nauert. 1B–Joe West. 2B–Ed Rapuano. 3B–Chad Fairchild.
Weather: 84 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 10 mph, left to right.