The 490th consecutive sellout crowd at Fenway Park witnessed the visiting Mets defeat the Red Sox by a score of 5-3. The victory snapped a 4 game losing streak for the Mets.
Tonight Johan Santana responded to adversity by striking people out. 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. In the second inning, after a Jason Varitek solo home run, Santana struck out Julio Lugo to end that inning. 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. After hitting Youkilis with a pitch with two outs in the fifth, Santana struck out Jason Bay to end that inning. Trouble? 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. 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. 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. Martinez now has 4 errors in 4 games played for the Mets this season.
Gary Sheffield homered in the second inning. It was his 3rd of the season, and the 502nd of his career. Later in the game Jason Varitek also homered, his 8th of the season and the 169th of his career. Good luck catching him Jason.
David Wright’s RBI single in the 4th inning gave him a 13 game hitting streak. 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. Words were exchanged between them, but cooler heads prevailed and the dugouts never emptied. Perhaps Johan will send Youkilis a bottle of Watkins liniment, the official liniment of Johan Santana.
I just wanted to throw this picture in. 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). 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.