Saturday’s game left the New York Mets bullpen utterly depleted. The 14-inning affair lasted 5 hours, and required 9 innings from the bullpen. The Mets burned through nearly every arm they had, and essentially needed Johan Santana to throw a complete game. He delivered.
Santana threw his 7th career complete game, giving up one run on 6 hits and one walk. He struck out five, and contributed offensively with two hits and an RBI. Albert Pujols’ 7th inning home run was the only blemish on Santana’s day.
“I know what my job is,” Santana said. “I want to give us a chance to win every time, to be consistent. I think I have been. Could it be better? Maybe. But today I wanted to give us a chance to win and give the bullpen a chance to rest. I’m very happy I did that.”
The Mets offense helped out as well, scoring 9 runs on seventeen hits. Fernando Tatis had a monster day, hitting two doubles and a homer. David Wright and Ramon Castro also contributed home runs. The win put the Mets in sole possession of first place in the NL East, one game ahead of the Phillies and two ahead of the Marlins.
The Mets and the Marlins start a three game set at Dolphin Stadium on Monday night.