May 14, 2017

Remembering Mets History (2009) Mets Steal A Franchise Record Seven Bases

Thursday May 14th, 2009: Jerry Manuel's New York Mets (19-15) were making an early West Coast California trip to take on Bruce Bochy's Giants (18-16) in San Francisco's AT & T park.

On this night the Mets would set a franchise record by stealing seven bases in the game. Ironically, the teams most famous base stealer; Jose Reyes was not in the lineup, this in an injury prone season where Reyes would only play in 36 games.

Starting Lineups


The Mets began in the 1st inning, as Alex Cora singled & stole the first of his two bases on the evening. He scored on Gary Sheffield's base hit. Team Captain; David Wright, who had a career night of his own, also singled & stole the Mets second base. Wright would lead the Mets on this night with four stolen bases.

On the mound John Maine had a terrible first inning, issuing three hits, two walks & two wild pitches giving the Giants a 2-1 lead. The Mets got the lead back in the 3rd, as Carlos Beltran singled, Sheffield hit a ground rule double & David Wright singled in Beltran. Wright then stole second & Sheffield scored on a wild pitch. Mets now ahead 3-2.

The Mets added a run in the 4th, when the slow footed Ramon Castro walked. He advanced on two singled & then finally scored when Luis Castillo hit into a double play.

Later, David Wright stole another base in the 7th inning. The Mets had a 4-2 lead into the 8th inning, when Bobby Parnell blew the save & the lead, allowing three hits & walk, with future Met, Juan Uribe & Jose Renteria collecting the RBIs.

In the top of the 9th, with one Carlos Beltran doubled & stole third. Sheffield walked & stole one of his only two bases of the season. David Wright then singled in the games go ahead runs & collected his fourth stolen base, both coming off the bearded reliever, Brian Wilson. Ramon Castro drove in the Mets 7th & final run of the 7-4 win.

Trivia: David Wright would lead the 2009 Mets with 27 stolen bases, Luis Castillo was next with 20 & Angel Pagan came in third on the club with 14.

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