Mets 2009 season, game by game
The Mets' 2009 season, game by game
Mets 4, Astros 0
October 4, 2009
Summary: Nelson Figueroa threw a complete game shoutout and struck out seven to sweep the Houston Astros in the final series of the 2009 season.
Key stat: David Wright collected his 72nd RBI with a sacrifice fly in the 5th inning.
Mets' record: 70-92
Mets 5, Astros 1
October 3, 2009
Summary:Pat Misch threw five innings, giving up one run while getting his thrid win of the season. Daniel Murphy pitched it with two hits.
Key stat: Francisco Rodriguez pitched a third of an inning to collect his 35th save of the year.
Mets' record: 69-92
Mets 7, Astros 1
October 2, 2009
Summary: John Maine had an impressive night and got run support from Jeff Francoeur and David Murphy as the Mets got in the win column after a rough, three-game sweep in Washington. David Wright had three hits, including an RBI double.
Key stat: Maine allowed one run and five hits over seven innings, for his longest outing since July of 2008.
Mets' record: 68-92
Nationals 7, Mets 4
September 30, 2009
Summary: The Mets, losers of 17 of their last 22 games, found another way to lose Wednesday night as the lowly Nationals (55-103) completed a three-game sweep in devastating fashion. Justin Maxwell hit a walkoff grand slam off Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez, who blew his seventh save of the year.
Key stat: This was Washington's first win of the year when trailing after eight innings..
Mets' record: 67-92
Nationals 4, Mets 3
September 29, 2009
Summary: Luis Castillo fired an errant throw to first on an attempted double play in the eighth inning that allowed the go-ahead run to score as the Mets lost to the Nationals for the second straight night. The Mets nearly responded in the next inning, but Elijah Dukes made a game-saving catch up against the wall on David Wright's long blast to right with Angel Pagan poised to score the tying run.
Key stat: Tyler Clippard (3-2) pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning for his second scoreless inning en route to the win.
Mets' record: 67-91
Nationals 2, Mets 1
September 28, 2009
Summary: Mets starter Nelson Figueroa (2-8) lost for the fifth straight time despite only allowing six hits and two runs in six innings. Mike Morse led off the bottom of the sixth inning with his third homer in as many games to help hand the Mets their 90th loss of the season.
Key stat: Figueroa has given up four runs over 13 innings in his last two starts, both losses.
Mets' record: 67-90
Mets 4, Marlins 0
September 27, 2009
Summary: Pat Misch hurled the first complete game of his career, holding the Marlins scoreless while scattering eight hits, as the Mets took down Florida in the rubber match of their three-game set. Jeff Franceour homered for the second game in a row in the win.
Key stat: Josh Johnson, scheduled to start for Florida, was scratched due to an illness.
Mets' record: 67-89
Marlins 9, Mets 6
September 26, 2009
Summary: John Maine managed just 4.2 innings for the Mets, as Florida plated seven in the fifth to even the weekend series at one. Cameron Maybin went deep for Florida hitting a three-run home run off Maine.
Key stat: David Wright failed to hustle home on a Jeff Franceour single in the fifth, costing New York a run. Manager Jerry Manuel later spoke to Wright about the play.
Mets' record: 66-89
Mets 6, Marlins 5
September 25, 2009
Summary: Cory Sullivan delivered a go-ahead, two-run single in the ninth inning to lead the Mets and hurt the Marlins? playoff hopes, which has to be satisfying for the Mets in an otherwise meaningless September. Jeff Francoeur homered early and Bobby Parnell (4-8) pitched a perfect eighth for the win and Francisco Rodriguez notched his 34th save in 40 opportunities.
Key stat: Luis Castillo?s fielding miscue in the seventh snapped a 34-game errorless streak.
Mets' record: 66-88
Braves 5, Mets 2
September 23, 2009
Summary: On a day manager Bobby Cox announced his retirement after the 2010 season, the Braves completed a three-game sweep of the Mets to win for the 11th time in 13 games. Tim Hudson pitched six sold innings and Kelly Johnson and Adam LaRoche each knocked in two runs.
Key stat: The Mets have lost eight straight games against the Braves.
Mets' record: 65-88
Braves 3, Mets 1
September 22, 2009
Summary: Jair Jurrjens stifled the Mets bats and outpitched Nelson Figueroa for the second time in less than a week. Yunel Escobar's two-run single in the fourth inning was the difference for the Braves, who kept their playoff hopes alive with their sixth straight road win.
Key stat: Figueroa has lost four consecutive starts since striking out a career-best 10 Aug. 30 in Chicago.
Mets' record: 65-87
The end of a disastrous season is almost over for Jerry Manuel. (September 21, 2009)
Mets 6 Nationals 2
September 20, 2009
Summary: John Maine (6-5) pitched five shutout innings to earn his first win since May. Daniel Murphy had two RBIs, Angel Pagan belted three hits and Wilson Valdez added a two-run triple to pace the Mets' offense.
Key stat: Murphy is batting .347 with two homers and 11 RBIs in his last 13 games.
Mets' record: 65-85
Mets 3, Nationals 2
September 19, 2009
Summary: Tim Redding pitched into the eighth inning to help the Mets break their six-game losing streak and avoid their longest losing streak since 2004. Jeff Francoeur, batting nearly .500 in his last 10 games, gave the Mets the late lead with a go-ahead double and Francisco Rodriguez picked up his 32nd save of the year.
Key stat: Long Islander John Lannan (9-12) needed only 74 pitches to get through seven innings, but allowed the tie-breaking runs to score in his final inning and took the loss.
Mets' record: 64-85
Nationals 6, Mets5
September 18, 2009
Summary: The Mets plated three runs in the ninth inning, but it wasn't enough to defeat the lowly Nats as the locals lost their sixth straight. Ryan Zimmerman hit his 30th home run and had two RBIs while the Mets' Jeff Francoeur had three hits, but grounded out to the pitcher to end the game with runners on second and third. Mike Pelfrey (10-11) took the loss.
Key stat: The Mets have lost 10 of their last 11 games.
Mets' record: 63-85
Braves 7, Mets 3
September 17, 2009
Summary: Jair Jurrjens and the Braves scored four runs in the fifth inning off Mets starter Nelson Figueroa and that proved to be the difference as the reeling Mets edged closer to a 90-loss season. Brian McCann hit a three-run homer in the inning and finished with four RBIs. Daniel Murphy, the day after committing a game-ending error, doubled and homered for the Mets.
Key stat: Murphy's home run was his 10th, which now ties him for the team lead with David Wright and Gary Sheffield.
Mets' record: 63-84
Braves 6, Mets 5
September 16, 2009
Summary: Daniel Murphy misplayed a grounder at first in the ninth inning that allowed the Braves' winning run to score and hand the Mets another heartbreaking loss to add to their 2009 collection. The Mets stranded 14 runners on base on a night when they pounded out 16 hits, three of which off the bat of Jeff Francouer.
Key stat: Hanson has allowed just one run in his last 20 innings.
Mets' record: 63-83
Braves 5, Mets 0
September 15, 2009
Summary: Tommy Hanson shut down the Mets with seven three-hit innings, striking out eight Mets to improve to 10-3 this season. Mets starter Pat Misch lasted five innings, allowing four earned runs and eight hits. Adam LaRoche homered twice and added an RBI double for the Braves.
Key stat: Hanson has allowed just one run in his last 20 innings.
Mets' record: 63-82
Phillies 1, Mets 0 (2)
September 13, 2009
Summary: Pedro Martinez (5-0) pitched eight strong innings and threw 130 pitches to earn the win and complete the doubleheader sweep of the Mets, who fell to 18 games below .500. Ryan Madson earned the save by pitching a scoreless ninth -- a rarity these days for the Phillies bullpen.
Key stat: The Phillies have won all seven of Martinez's starts.
Mets' record: 63-81
Phillies 5, Mets 4 (1)
September 13, 2009
Summary: Kyle Kendrick went eight strong innings for the Phillies, who had to sweat out another adventurous outing by their bullpen to narrowly defeat the Mets. Brad Lidge gave up two runs, but the Mets stranded the tying run to end the game. John Maine made his first start since June 5 and pitched three innings, giving up two hits.
Key stat: The Phillies hit two more long balls and lead the National League with 204 homers.
Mets' record: 63-80
Mets 10, Phillies 9
September 12, 2009
Summary: The Mets scored five runs in the final two innings to top the Phillies in an exciting game in Philly. David Wright hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning to cap the Mets' rally against the struggling Phillies' bullpen. Fernando Tatis, Wright and Carlos Beltran accounted for 10 of the Mets' 15 hits.
Key stat: Wright homered in the eighth and ninth inning -- the second player in Mets history to do so.
Mets' record: 63-79
Phillies 4, Mets 2
September 11, 2009
Summary: Cole Hamels (9-9) pitched 6 2/3 effective innings and Shane Victorino hit three doubles to help the Phillies send the Mets to their fourth straight loss. Mets starter Nelson Figueroa (2-5) allowed two runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Key stat: The Mets fell to a season-low 17 games under .500.
Mets' record: 62-79
Marlins 13, Mets 4
September 10, 2009
Summary: The Marlins knocked in seven runs in the last three innings to complete a sweep of the Mets and gain ground on the Phillies in the NL East race. Nick Johnson had four RBIs for the Marlins, who improved to 10-5 this season against the Mets. Hanley Ramirez and Cody Ross each had three hits and two RBIs.
Key stat: Bobby Parnell has allowed at least five earned runs in four of his last five starts.
Mets' record: 62-78
Marlins 6, Mets 3
September 9, 2009
Summary: The Fish, boosted by Cody Ross' three-run homer, plated four runs in the first inning to help Ricky Nolasco earn his 11th win of the year. Nolasco gave up a lead-off hit to Angel Pagan, but didn't give up another one until Pagan doubled in the sixth. Pat Misch (1-2) took the loss for the Mets.
Key stat: The Marlins have a $37 million payroll, which is lowest in the majors.
Mets' record: 62-77
Marlins 4, Mets 2
September 8, 2009
Summary: Hanley Ramirez and Cameron Maybin both connected for two-run homers to stay in the playoff picture in the first of three games against the Mets at Citi Field. Carlos Beltran returned to the Mets lineup after missing 70 games with an injured knee and was 1-for-4.
Key stat: Luis Castillo was 3-for-4 with an RBI.
Mets' record: 62-76
Mets 4, Cubs 2
September 6, 2009
Summary:David Murphy drove in four runs and was a double short of the cycle to help Mike Pelfrey earn his 10th win of the season. He allowed five hits in eight innings for the longest outing of the season.
Key stat: The Mets took two of three from the Cubs for their first series win since July 27-30 against the Rockies.
Mets' record: 62-75
Cubs 5, Mets 3
September 5, 2009
Summary:Derrek Lee homered twice and drove in three runs while Rich Harden struck out 10 to help the Cubs defeat the Mets at Citi Field. For the Mets, Cory Sullivan homered for the second straight day and Nelson Figueroa took the loss.
Key stat: The teams combined for 22 strikeouts.
Mets' record: 61-75
Mets 6, Cubs 2
September 4, 2009
Summary: Bobby Parnell pitched arguably his best game of the season, shutting out the Cubbies for seven innings, and the Mets' bats bailed out Brian Stokes by scoring five runs in the bottom of the eighth to key New York's four-run victory. Cory Sullivan hit his first home run of the year and added a highlight-worthy diving catch in the win.
Key stat: Sullivan's home run was his first in the Bigs since Sept. 12, 2007, when he was playing for the Rockies.
Mets' record: 61-74
Mets 8, Rockies 3
September 3, 2009
Summary: The Mets scored four runs in the fifth inning to pull away from the Rockies and avoid a sweep in Colorado. The win gave starter Pat Misch -- who pitched sweven effective innings -- his first major league victory. David Wright knocked in three runs by going 3-for-4 with two runs scored.
Key stat: Misch got the win in his 13th career start, having gone winless in 11 starts for San Francisco in 2007 and 2008.
Mets' record: 60-74
Rockies 5, Mets 2
September 2, 2009
Summary: Tim Redding allowed only two runs over 6 2/3 innings, but Jason Giambi?s pinch-hit, two-run single off Brian Stokes (1-4) snapped a 2-2 tie in the eighth.
Key stat: Ubaldo Jimenez went eight innings and gave up five hits to pick up his 13th win.
Mets' record: 59-74
Rockies 8, Mets 3
September 1, 2009
Summary: Mike Pelfrey described his outing as 'embarrassing' after he made it through only four innings and gave up six runs in a loss to Colorado in David Wright's return to the lineup from a concussion he sustained two weeks earlier. The Mets' star third baseman -- wearing a new helmet -- singled in his first at-bat, struck out twice and walked. .
Key stat: Figueroa Todd Helton, who owns an on-base percentage of .414. this year, was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs.
Mets' record: 59-73
Mets 4, Cubs 1
August 30, 2009
Summary: Starter Nelson Figueroa struck out a career-high 10 batters to help the Mets avoid a sweep against Carlos Zambrano and the Cubs. Angel Pagan added three hits and K-Rod picked up his 28th save.
Key stat: Figueroa (2-3) won his first start since April 27, 2008
Mets' record: 59-72
Cubs 11, Mets 4
August 29, 2009
Summary: Bobby Parnell, the Mets' starter, was serviceable until the fifth inning. That all ended when Cubs' super-slugger Jake Fox hit a grand slam, breaking open what was a close contest, and leading Chicago to the big win.
Key stat: Angel Pagan and Luis Castillo, the top two hitters in the Mets lineup, combined to go hitless in eight at bats.
Mets' record: 58-72
Cubs 5, Mets 2
August 28, 2009
Summary: Pat Misch, the Mets latest no-namer to get the ball from manager Jerry Manuel, pitched admirably for New York, holding Chicago to one run in 7 innings. However, it was the bullpen that couldn't hold down the fort, as Brian Stokes surrendered a three-run home run to Alfonso Soriano in the 8th, a shot that lifted Chicago to the victory.
Key stat: Pat Misch set a dubious record, becoming the first pitcher to begin a career with 12 starts in which his team lost every one.
Mets' record: 58-71
Mets 10, Marlins 3
August 27, 2009
Summary: Tim Redding (6 2/3 innings, 3 ERs) helped the Mets break their five-game losing streak with the help of an offensive explosion from the Mets' reserves. Daniel Murphy doubled twice and drove in three runs while Wilson Valdez reached base four times and scored twice.
Key stat: All of the Marlins' runs came on leadoff homers.
Mets' record: 58-70
Marlins 5, Mets 3
August 26, 2009
Summary: Josh Johnson and the Marlins handed a fifth straight loss to the Mets, who lost another player (Oliver Perez) to the disabled list. Mike Pelfrey took the loss and fell to 1-6 in his career against Florida.
Key stat: Johnson improved to 7-0 all-time against the Mets.
Mets' record: 57-70
Marlins 2, Mets 1
August 25, 2009
Summary: Sean West pitched six solid innings to shut down the Mets, who were dealt with the news that ace Johan Santana would be shut down for the season. Jeff Francoeur, playing with torn ligaments in his left thumb, had two doubles.
Key stat: Nelson Figueroa pitched five innings and gave up four hits and one earned run.
Mets' record: 57-69
Phillies 6, Mets 2
August 24, 2009
Summary: The Mets chose the wrong day to mess with Philadelphia starter Cliff Lee and first baseman Ryan Howard, as the two stars remained red hot in taking down New York. Lee picked up his eighth consecutive win, and Ryan Howard went deep twice, sending Bobby Parnell and the Mets home losers for the third straight day.
Key stat: Mets ace Johan Santana was scratched from his following day's start, prompting manager Jerry Manuel to be "terribly concerned" about Santana's arm.
Mets' record: 57-68
Phillies 9, Mets 7
August 23, 2009
Summary: The Phillies, backing up former-Met Pedro Martinez on the mound, plated six runs in the first inning to jump out against New York. An offensive surge enabled the Mets to claw back, as Angel Pagan and Co. pulled to within two in the 9th. However, Eric Bruntlett's unassisted triple play ended the game, shocking and deflating New York.
Key stat: Bruntlett's theatrics in the ninth marked the first game-ending triple play since 1927, when Detroit 1B Johnny Neun pulled off the same maneuver.
Mets' record: 57-67
Phillies 4, Mets 1
August 22, 2009
Summary: Tim Redding pitched magnificently for New York, surrendering just one hit and no runs in five innings of work. However, manager Jerry Manuel chose to turn to the bullpen in the 6th, a decision which imploded, enabling young phenom J.A. Happ and the Phils to cruise by New York.
Key stat: Redding threw only 81 pitches in the start, but both he and Manuel conceded he fatigued early due to his work in the bullpen lately.
Mets' record: 57-66
Mets 4, Phillies 2
August 21, 2009
Summary: With little motivation other then their arch rivals sitting in the opposing dugout, the Mets managed to take down the NL East leading Phillies. Mike Pelfrey out-pitched Philly ace Cole Hamels, and Jeff Franceour tacked on his 11th home run of the season in the close victory.
Key stat: Mike Pelfrey improved to 3-0 against the Phillies. He is 6-8 against the rest of the league.
Mets' record: 57-65
Braves 3, Mets 2
August 20, 2009
Summary: The Braves defeated the Mets with their ace on the hill to take two of three at Citi Field. Kenshin Kawakami outpitched Johan Santana over seven innings to help the Braves in their quest for a Wild Card berth. The one bright spot for the Mets came when Billy Wager returned from Tommy John surgery to pitch a scoreless inning, striking out two.
Key stat: Santana has surrendered at least three runs in four of his past six starts.
Mets' record: 56-65
Braves 15, Mets 2
August 19, 2009
Summary: The Braves returned the favor by posting up an eight-run inning at Citi Field en route to a lopsided win over Bobby Parnell and the Mets. Parnell, in his third start, gave up nine runs in three innings.
Key stat: Brian McCann's monstrous three-run blast -- his 14th -- capped the Braves' eight-run second inning.
Mets' record: 56-64
Mets 9, Braves 4
August 18, 2009
Summary: The Mets exploded for eight runs in the fourth inning to take the first of three games against the rival Braves at Citi Field. They pounded out a franchise-record 10 hits in the frame, including two apiece from GaryGary Sheffieldloded for eight runs in the fourth inning to take the first of three games against the rival Braves at Citi Field. They pounded out a franchise-record 10 hits in the frame, including two apiece from Gary Sheffield and Luis Castillo. Starter Oliver Perez (3-3) earned the win, but like many of his teammates, injured himself (knee) and may miss some time.
Key stat: Jeff Francouer, Castillo and Sheffield each finished 3-for-5.
Mets' record: 56-63
Giants 10, Mets 1
August 17, 2009
Summary: Joe Martinez pitched five effective innings and the Mets suffered another injury loss when Alex Cora was placed on the DL with torn ligaments in his thumbs and was deemed out for the season. Livan Hernandez allowed six runs in 5 1/3 innings and the Giants' Aaron Rowand finished 4-for-5 with a homer and 2 RBIs.
Key stat: The Giants' 18 hits were a season high.
Mets' record: 55-63
Mets 3, Giants 2
August 16, 2009
Summary: Daniel Murphy drove in Jeff Francoeur for the game-winning run in the ninth to give Francisco Rodriguez the win after he struck out the side in the top of the inning. Luis Castillo hit a two-run homer earlier as the Mets waited to hear some good news about David Wright's head injury from the previous game.
Key stat: Castillo went deep for the first time in 333 at-bats.
Mets' record: 55-62
Giants 5, Mets 4
August 15, 2009
Summary: The pitchers' duel between Johan Santana and Matt Cain took a backseat to a scary incident involving the face of the Mets' franchise in the fourth inning. David Wright was hit in the head with a fastball and left the game with a concussion. Johan Santana retaliated later against Bengie Molina, who would later homer in the 10th inning off Francisco Rodriguez to give the Giants the win.
Key stat: The Giants won for the first time in their last six road games against the Mets.
Mets' record: 54-62
August 14, 2009
Summary: Bobby Parnell (3-4) allowed three hits, walked none and struck out a season-high seven in six innings to lead the Mets to a win in just his second start of the year. He was given some early support by Angel Pagan's leadoff homer to left.
Key stat: Francisco Rodriguez pitched aperfect ninth for his 26th save.
Mets' record: 54-61
Mets 6, Diamondbacks 4
August 12, 2009
Summary: The Mets did all their damage late with six runs in the final four innings to avoid the sweep in Arizona. Cory Sullivan made the most of his second game atop the lineup and tripled twice while Gary Sheffield had two hits in his return to the lineup from a sore hamstring.
Key stat: David Wright broke out of his 1-for-13 slump with three hits.
Mets' record: 53-61
Diamondbacks 6, Mets 2
August 11, 2009
Summary: Max Scherzer gave up two runs and struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings to earn the win and the Diamondbacks were again paced offensively by Australian rookie Trent Oeltjen, who finished with four hits.
Key stat: Livan Hernandez (7-7) earned the loss after lasting only four innings and giving up five runs.
Mets' record: 52-61