Citi Field: Home Run Haven?

David MarineSenior Writer IJune 10, 2009

NEW YORK - JUNE 09: Ryan Church #19 of the New York Mets hits a home run in the 7th inning against the Philadelphia Phillies during their game at Citi Field on June 9, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

You would have thought the game was being played in Philadelphia. A total of six home runs were hit Tuesday night during the Phillies-Mets game in New York's Citi Field, and it ended up being the only way the Mets could.

Wright, Beltran, and the newly returned Ryan Church all hit blasts to give the Mets a much-needed win against the division leading Phillies.

Johan Santana was not on his "A" game and I was fearful that the Mets would continue their habit of not giving him run support, but that was not the case.

The Mets should have scored eight or nine runs, but the bottom half of the order is extremely light on "clutch," and it showed.

But really, the key to this game was the bullpen. Santana gave up all five runs, but Bobby Parnell, Pedro Felciano, and Francisco Rodriguez were able to help out Santana and lock down the Phillies' power bats to close out a one-run victory.

What a difference a year makes.

They've got another game against the Phils tonight, and I'm hoping the Mets can take two out of three before the Yanks come in on the weekend.