The New York Mets defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0, winning Game One of Tuesday night’s doubleheader. Johan Santana had another strong outing, while pitching in and out of trouble in many of the innings, picking up his third win of the season. The Mets bats were clutch today, giving Santana a comfortable lead early on, leading to the Mets fifth straight win.

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Initial Reaction:

Johan Santana faced off against Hiroki Kuroda in Game 1 of the double-header Tuesday night. Santana had his stuff like always, but a high pitch count early on kept him from pitching past the 6th inning. I don’t think its anything to worry about, since the Dodgers couldn’t scratch a run off him.

Jason Bay hitting his first homerun of the season could not have come at a better time. The Mets are only a few games out of first place, and his role in the Mets lineup is crucial for topping the NL East division.

David Wright got his seventh stolen base today, as well as scoring the first run of the game, but I wish he would start hitting…

Positives From The Game:

Bay: Jason Bay hit his first homerun of the 2010 season in the 4th inning, giving the Mets and Johan Santana a 2-0 lead.

Good ole Johan: Johan Santana pitched six innings of shutout ball against the struggling Dodgers offense.

Negatives From The Game:

GMJ: Gary Matthews, Jr. was intentionally walked in the 2nd inning to load the bases. That’s not that problem, though. Everyone in the starting lineup got a hit today, except for him. He has lacked production all season, batting only .167. Mets need to either DFA him or fix his swing. I prefer the former.

Interesting Facts:

13: The number of games both Fernando Nieve and Ramon Troncoso have appeared in thus far. Most in the majors.

9: Walks Jeff Francoeur has taken in 2010 so far. He had 23 all of last season.

What’s Next?: Game Two of the doubleheader.

NYM Oliver Perez (0-2) 3.71 ERA vs LAD Charlie Haeger (0-2) 6.46 ERA