All you can really say is wow. Who knew tonight’s matchup between Johan Santana and Chan Ho Park would be such a duel? The two starters allowed a combined three hits and zero runs.
Santana lowered his ERA to 0.93 after pitching seven innings and is now 4-1. This was his second 1-0 win of the young season. Pedro Feliciano came into the game in the eighth and was great, allowing only one hit. JJ Putz was unavailable. Then Frankie Rodriguez closed the game out and got his third save in three straight appearances. He now is eight for eight in save opportunities.
As is typical when Santana pitches, there was no run support. As a matter of fact, the Mets have only scored 12 runs in Santana’s first six games. Yet, he’s managed to win four of them. Tonight’s only run came in the eighth inning after Carlos Delgado walked and the Phillies committed an error, one of the three, when Fernando Tatis broke his bat for a tough play at first. Delgado scored all the way from first base.
You’d like to see more runs scored, but the Mets and their fans certainly will take this win. The Mets are now just 1 1/2 games out of first place and have won three games in a row. They’ll go for their second straight sweep Thursday with Mike Pelfrey on the mound facing Jamie Moyer.