Friday, May 28, 2010

Mets Complete Shutout Sweep of Phillies for First Time in 41 Years!

By Nicholas Stix

Mets closer Frankie Rodriguez just struck out Phillies slugger Jason Werth to close out a 3-0 win, for a shutout sweep of their bitter division rivals, following 8-0 and 5-0 victories on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.

It was the first time since 2004 (the Twins over the Royals) that one team had swept another via shutouts, and the first time that the Mets had done so since September 26-28, 1969. The previous shutout sweep was also against the Phillies, but this is a much better Phillies team.

The Mets had started the series in last place in the National League East Division, and ended it 25-23, tied for second place with the Atlanta Braves, just two games behind the 26-20, first-place Phillies. Mike Pelfrey (7-1) got the win; Cole Hamels (5-3) got the loss; Frankie Rodriguez earned his ninth save in 11 chances. The win was the Mets’ fifth in a row.

P.S. The guys at SNY later said that the last time the Mets had previously pulled off a shutout sweep had been in 1988, with Doc Gooden, Ron Darling, and Bobby Ojeda pitching. I didn’t catch who the opposing team was.

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