Johan Santana got the run support he needed to beat the Milwaukee Brewers today 1-0, but just barely. It started looking like Santana’s last outing, a pitching duel vs. Josh Johnson and the Florida Marlins. The Brewers’ Carlos Villanueva Yovani Gallardo only gave up six hits and was toe to toe vs. Santana. But he left in the sixth inning, while Santana gutted out seven. He stayed in just long enough for the Mets to score their only run of the game, thanks to an error and an RBI fielder’s choice from Jose Reyes.
It looked like it was going to be one of those games again where Santana pitched an excellent game, only to see the defense betray him or the lineup fail him. Daniel Murphy sat this one out as Gary Sheffield, who just yesterday hit his 500th home run, replaced him. Sheffield followed up his first Mets hit yesterday with an 0-fer today and almost misjudged a ball hit toward him.
Today’s win was the first time the Mets won a 1-0 game since June 2007. It’s hard to believe. However, the bullpen did its job again as JJ Putz set down the side in the eighth and Francisco Rodriguez mopped up the ninth.