Bobbing for Apples: Church's Homer Sends Mets Past Phillies

Michael GanciCorrespondent 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)

Tonight, I was lucky enough to be there in person to witness the Mets taking game one of their series with the Phillies. Citi Field did its best Yankee Stadium impression, as the teams combined for a whopping seven homers in the game. Even though four of the homers were by the Phillies, the Mets and Johan Santana were able to limit the damage and prevail by the score of 6-5.

Throughout the game, I sat in the Modell’s Suite, which is located next to the bullpen gate. Even though I am on a diet, I had to throw caution into the wind because there was unlimited food and drinks. I must’ve had three hot dogs, two orders of popcorn chicken and a beer. I know what you are all thinking. I need to take a chill pill. I know. I know.

The set-up was nice, and I want to thank Modell’s for giving me the chance to witness a game from that sight.

Back to the game. It was nice to see the big boys step up. It was beginning to look like tonight wasn’t our night when Gary Sheffield hit a missile that I was sure was a homer. Surely enough, the ball ricocheted off of the wall, and Sheffield was thrown out at second base. That was a killer. Later, Fernando Tatis similarly hit a ball deep, and it also hit off of the wall. Tatis settled for the double, and he later scored on a Johan Santana double.

Yes. You read that right.

Santana has been in a rut recently. He gave up four homers, and yet, he still gave the team the chance to win, and for that, he was rewarded with his eighth win of the season which ties himself with Jason Marquis of Colorado for the National League Lead.

Well done boys. Keep it up against a tough lefty in Cole Hamels tomorrow.