Greetings from Philly. Thanks again to Josh for minding the store last night.
Nothing is ever easy for the Mets. Johan Santana was superb, but a three-run homer given up by Aaron Heilman made you realize how tough this is going to be. If you’re across the world or just couldn’t sleep and want to add something, please do. Will talk with you tomorrow.
IN A NUTSHELL
Johan Santana showed what all the fuss is about with 10 strikeouts in seven innings. Don’t you feel foolish booing him now?
FROM THE CLUBHOUSE
Manager Willie Randolph on Santana: “Itâ€™s what we are looking for from him. We expect him to do that kind of stuff.â€™â€™
Aaron Heilman on his troubles in Philly: “I’m certainly aware of the history.’’ That would be ten earned runs in 9 2/3 innings.
Johan Santana on what worked tonight: “The whole key is my fastball. I was able to locate my fastball and we attacked them.â€™â€™
Jose Reyes on sliding into Chase Utley’s knee: “I went to space for a little bit.’’
GAME ANALYSIS (Mets 6, Philadelphia 4)
1st INNING: Always important to get on the board first. David Wright doubled in Ryan Church. Two strikeouts for Santana. Mets 1, Philadelphia 0.
2nd INNING: Santana breezed through the second. Highlight so far is the guy sitting below the press box who caught a foul ball with his left hand while holding a beer in his right. Without spilling a drop.
3rd INNING: Jose Reyes clocked on the steal of second by Chase Utley’s knee, but it was a clean play. Mets 2, Philadelphia 0.
4th INNING: Eight strikeouts by Santana.
8th INNING: Mets gave Santana some cushion in the top of the inning. Will Willie let Santana try for the complete game? Mets 5, Philadelphia 1.
TOP OF THE NINTH: Guess not on the complete game. Not a good year so far for Aaron Heilman. Mets 5, Philadelphia 4.